Pitcher List on Rotographs: The Noah Syndergaard Flaw We’re All Ignoring

Nick Pollack dives into the massive ceiling of Noah Syndergaard and why he'll never reach it without fixing one major flaw.

I’m writing about starting pitching for Rotographs and thought the Pitcher List community would enjoy the in-depth discussion.

Today I’ll be talking about the holy one, the pitcher with arguably the filthiest repertoire, the most dominating stuff, the man who should win every single at-bat.

And I’m going tell you why that probably isn’t going to happen. At least not yet.

Let me preface this by saying that I love Noah SyndergaardI have a relationship with pitching that is directly opposite of the Orioles and cutters, and I struggle to watch Syndergaard pitch without starstruck eyes. Just look at this triple digit heater:

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Or this casual 93mph slider:

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And why not, here’s a changeup with absurd movement and hinting 90mph:

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Three pitches that no mortal deserves to own (and I’m even ignoring his above-average curveball). But he is no mortal. Funny, but jokes aside, even with these three pitches, Syndergaard hasn’t yet been the definitive “best pitcher in baseball.” There is a problem here, a flaw that is holding him back and it’s about time we talked about it.

Read the rest of this article on FanGraphs.

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

3 responses to “Pitcher List on Rotographs: The Noah Syndergaard Flaw We’re All Ignoring”

  1. TheKraken says:

    I can’t read this article on my phone as FGs ads prevent me from doing so.

    • theKraken says:

      The FanGraphs community wasn’t interested in this – the comment section made my head hurt. They literally didn’t know good analysis when it was staring them in the face. That is a community that is interested in numbers more than baseball and it gets a little bit more skewed in that direction every day. It makes sense that a large chunk of their articles are about what needs to change about baseball. As of late, much of their content has been legalese. I like to think of FG as the opposite of PitcherList.

  2. David says:

    Great read, super interesting! Was targeting him in my final auction tomorrow but thinking twice now

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