New York Mets: Noah Syndergaard Continues Progressing In His Rehab

Noah Syndergaard is continuing to progress nicely as he works himself back from Tommy John Surgery. Sunday was an important evaluation day for Thor and the New York Mets as he hit a key checkpoint in his recovery.

Syndergaard fiddled breaking stuff for the first time since surgery. He only threw three sliders as the Mets are taking baby steps towards bringing him back to the rotation.

Syndergaard was exactly 11 months removed from the operation and is still on a promising road to a complete recovery. The Mets also added 2020 draft pick, J.T. Ginn, to their spring training roster. Ginn also underwent TJS and threw with Syndergaard last summer.

“Sometimes when you feel good, you want to do too much, and when you don’t feel good, you want to do less,” Pitching Coach and two-time TJ recipient Jeremy Hefner said. “But trying to be as consistent and constant as possible will get a better outcome at the end of this thing.”

Syndergaard will retake the mound on Wednesday for another bullpen session. He will stick to a combination of his fastball, sinker, and change-up, continuing with a “one step at a time” mindset. There is no timetable for Syndergaard to face live batters at the moment, and there are no expectations for him to pitch in a spring training game.

New York Mets: The Importance of Signing Every Draft Pick

The New York Mets executed their draft-day plan to perfection when they finally signed J.T. Ginn to a deal. With every draft pick signed, they are moving in the right direction to revitalized a weakened farm system over the last couple of seasons.

After dealing Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Simeon Woods-Richardson, and Anthony Kay in the same season, they had plenty of rebuilding to do. The Mets effectively replaced most of those parts during the 2020 MLB Draft.

Prosperous Future

Brodie Van Wagenen aimed to select versatile players with high potential. Every player the Mets selected fit into the category, and Pete Crow-Armstrong was the perfect player to draft with their first pick. Not only does he have five-tool potential, but he has a strong personality as well.

Ginn and Isaiah Greene fit into the high potential category, which is why they fell into the second round. Anthony Walters and Matthew Dyer are versatile players who will be able to play whatever position the Mets feel is best for them. Eric Orze seems to be a steal for what he signed for due to his battle through cancer and the ability to start or relieve.

Van Wagenen and the Mets scouting department did a fantastic job drafting a developed a great gameplan. It allowed them to cut money from their late draft picks and give the money to their top two selections. This has allowed the Mets to have the most success in the 2020 draft. Now we wait to see how each player develops in the future.

New York Mets Sign Two of Their 2020 Draft Picks

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The New York Mets took the first steps towards laying down the foundation of their future. They signed first-round pick Pete Crow-Armstrong and second-rounder Isaiah Greene to contracts. It is also a big step towards signing their entire 2020 draft class.

Crow-Armstrong earned the full value for his draft position, which is a $3,359,000 signing bonus. He is a potential five-tool outfielder and highly regarded throughout every prospect rating system. Crow-Armstrong will soften the blow of giving away Jarred Kelenic to the Seattle Mariners for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano.

Greene signed for an $850,000 bonus. The 18-year old outfielder was a compensation pick for Zack Wheeler signing with the Philadelphia Phillies. His ceiling is not as high as Crow-Armstrong’s, but he figures to be a good compliment to the Mets outfield in years to come.

One Last Signing

The Mets also signed draft picks Anthony Walters, Matthew Dyer, and Eric Orze. Dyer received a $350,000 bonus while Walters and Orze received $20,000 each. The Mets also signed six undrafted free agents. The final draft pick the Mets are still negotiating with is a second-round pick, pitcher J.T. Ginn.

Ginn is an interesting prospect because he received Tommy John surgery this year. It resulted in him falling in the draft after being regarded as a first-round pick. With the potential Ginn has on the mound, it could motivate him to return to Mississippi State to move back into the first round and receive a higher signing bonus and deal.