Travis d'Arnaud has nothing but praise for right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who should make his debut for the Mets in June or July -- about the same timetable as Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler the past two seasons.
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"He is an amazing pitching prospect that we have coming up," d'Arnaud told the Post. "He throws hard. He’s a bulldog, just like Harvey and Wheeler, too, along with a lot of our other pitchers on our staff. He has a very heavy fastball. He’s a big body, big build. I think that’s the formula for durability. He’s got a really great curveball, and he’s got this change up that’s been improving.
"When I was there rehabbing last year [with Binghamton], I saw his changeup, and I really liked it a lot. It’s improved so much that it’s a plus pitch, I think, for him now. And also, he’s got a great two-seam, too, that runs a lot, and it’s hard, too. It’ll get in on you really quick."
As for areas d'Arnaud can improve as a catcher, he said: "I want to improve, obviously, offensively. Last year I didn’t do so well in the beginning of my debut, and I just want to go out there and take my singles and just try to make good contact, not do anything crazy. And defensively, just work with the staff and befriend the staff even more, so our relationship becomes stronger and our friendship becomes stronger so our trust goes up, and when we’re out there we trust each other."