PORT ST. LUCIE – knowledge is power. And Noah Syndergaard continues to learn more about himself as a person and a pitcher.
On a breezy Thursday at 84 degrees, a shirtless Syndergaard joined his teammates in the Mets pre-camp.
This winter Syndergaard moved from Texas to Los Angeles, where he worked with an impressive group of jugs. He endorsed Mets' new analytical approach. As a result, he said he was more advanced than usual when he arrived at the camp. And there is room for improvement, as Syndergaard was 10: 8 at 4.28 ERA last season and struggled to keep runners.
Syndergaard, who has also improved from the square by attending and winning a CNBC exchange challenge, looked back on last September's pitcher-catcher dilemma and said he had outgrown the situation.
In many ways, we're looking at a new and better Syndergaard whose pitching promise is unlimited.
"It was a top-notch pitching program that people put together for me," Syndergaard told The Post. "I followed him up to a T. I used to go to spring to train there on the hill and thought," Oh, I'm just going to find out. "
"Now I have 10 mound sessions behind us. Our analytics staff came to LA a couple of times to really find out. Now I have everything much better under control."
Syndergaard, 27, is thrilled with the work he has done with new pitching trainer Jeremy Hefner and firmly believes in the Mets rotation, indicating the "incredible accomplishment" of Jacob deGrom's win against Cy Youngs. He said the Mets offense was strong and the bullpen was getting better.
In September Syndergaard and the Mets discussed the personal catcher question. He was not comfortable with Wilson Ramos, but an agreement was reached. In the end, communication around the team improved.
"Every time you see a change in the gradient, it will be a small moment of learning," said Syndergaard. "I think it definitely happened for the better. It was like fighting in the minors in 2014. It's just how you recover from it.
"We are all here with the same goal and this is a 2020 championship."
Syndergaard attributed a 59 percent increase in shares to partner Harold Kaufman, vice president of communications at Mets, regarding the CNBC draft share. This was the best brand in the three-year history of the event. Syndergaard defeated a group that included Kevin O & # 39; Leary, Maria Ho, Tim Seymour and Bobby Flay.
"I couldn't have done it without Harold," said Syndergaard. "It all started because I didn't want to be known as Noah Syndergaard – just the baseball player. I think I want to dive into different categories of the world. Who knows what I do when I'm retired? I just want as much as possible learn and engage in many different things. "
Its three winning shares were Tesla, Amazon and Nike.
"I'm supported by Nike," said Thor. “Amazon, I probably have an Amazon package on my doorstep today. I don't own a Tesla, but I really admire what Elon Musk does in innovation and technology. "
It was a non-working season for Syndergaard.
"The pleasure I had in the off-season was pretty bleak," he said. "Most of the weekends, I was in bed at 9 or 10 a.m. When I was in LA, I basically did two, maybe three workouts a day. I went to the gym in the morning, raised my body temperature, threw and exercised then strength later in the evening I did either Pilates or some kind of yoga. This is only a plus because have you been to a Pilates class before? The ratio of men to girls is very large and if I were a girl I would do everything, Pilates, because it's just a butt and a stomach and it all helps. "
As for moving to LA, Syndergaard said, “I just had to be something of my own kind. I was somehow estranged in Dallas. I had to drive 45 minutes to Fort Worth to exercise. There was a tornado one day and it was snowing the next day, so I said I had to get out of here. When I was in LA it was sunny and beautiful every day. In LA my agency, CAA, put together a pitcher camp. "
Syndergaard worked with Lucas Giolito, Max Fried, Hunter Greene and others.
"It was a good group of people," said Syndergaard, "and we all had the positive energy to train and develop together."
That is the key.