Noah Syndergaard has always been one of the most tantalizing pitchers in baseball. With a lightning-quick fastball and a thunderous curveball — along with a handful of other pitches — Thor has always seemingly been this close to putting things together and becoming one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Tommy John surgery sapped some of the life on that fastball, at least (he hopes) temporarily, which caused him to make other adjustments to his repertoire. Now, after signing a one-year deal with the Dodgers School of Pitchcraft and Wizardry, Syndergaard is looking to make a reset, as he said in his introductory Zoom call with the media last week.
“The pitches I threw last year, I just kind of want to throw those away. I fully intend on being a different pitcher this next year. So I haven’t really paid attention to keeping those pitch shapes. I plan on evolving and working with what I got then. … What ever I was doing last year was not the best version of me.”
Syndergaard’s main focus seems to be on the fastball, saying he sees no reason why he can’t get back to throwing 100 MPH. His other pitches have always been so successful because they play off the dominant fastball, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t want to keep the pitches designed to play off a 94-mph fastball if he’s planning on throwing 100. The big test will be whether he can actually recapture that velocity; if he doesn’t, he may have to go grab those other pitches back out of the trash. But if he can get back to the fireballer he was before the injury, look out world.
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