Noah Syndergaard, the right-handed pitcher, wants to reclaim his status as a dominant, top-of-the-rotation starter, and he believes he can achieve this goal in his first season with the Dodgers.
Although he may not throw 100 mph again, he is determined to be a dominant force even while throwing at a slower speed of 95 to 98 mph.
Critics who say he cannot regain his velocity due to his age are being called “ignorant” by Syndergaard, who notes the recent performance of pitchers such as Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander.
Syndergaard has been working hard to make a comeback after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and he arrived in Arizona before the new year to get to know the Dodgers’ staff and processes.
Syndergaard feels that he is much better prepared for spring training than last year when he only had three weeks to prepare after the work stoppage. While he had a better-than-average comeback season last year, he knows he can do even better and be great again.
Syndergaard believes his recovery game, work ethic, attention to detail, and passion for the craft and the process will help him get back to his previous level.
He has noticed a significant improvement in his condition compared to a year ago when he played for the Angels.
Although his statistics with the Angels and the Phillies last year were decent, they did not reflect his true potential as a pitcher.
Syndergaard’s strikeout rate last year was much lower than in his previous five seasons, which he attributes to trying to make changes to his technique while the season was ongoing.
However, he is determined to get his velocity back, and he has not lost his way with words, as evidenced by his active Twitter account with over 1.2 million followers.
He considers his “cheesy humour” to be the key to his social media success.
Syndergaard’s locker is near that of Clayton Kershaw, and he is looking forward to learning from Mark Prior and the Dodgers’ coaching staff.
He chose the Dodgers despite potentially higher salaries elsewhere because he believes they give him the best chance to get back to the World Series and win it all.
Although it is still early in camp, Syndergaard’s positive attitude and adjustments suggest that he has the potential to be “Thor” once again.»Noah Syndergaard thinks he can achieve this goal in his first season with the Dodgers«