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Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: 17-POUND MUSCLE GAIN NOT IDEAL FOR NOAH SYNDEGAARD

When the New York Mets pitchers reported to spring training Sunday, one of the more talked-about subjects was the 17-pound weight gain of ace starter Noah Syndegaard.  "Thor" admitted as much and said the gain was purely muscle as he looked to get even stronger coming off his phenomenal 2016 when he led baseball with an average fastball velocity of 98 and a slider at 91.  While those rates were already incredible, Syndegaard talked Sunday about how he aims to throw even HARDER in 2017; a process that he thinks the added muscle will address.  While there is no doubt Syndegaard's physique is as imposing now as his stuff, in fantasy baseball terms this is not exactly what you want to see.  Even before the weight gain, Syndegaard was considered to be arguably the biggest prospective Tommy John victim given his extreme velocity and the toll it takes on the elbow but now he will be unleashing those fastball's with even more force.  So it stands to reason that Syndegaard's body will be under even more stress this season as he fires those missiles.  While I have as much reverence and respect for Syndegaard as a pitcher (he deserves top 5-7 starter status), his second/third round price tag and increased injury risk make him one you might want to avoid at the draft table.  




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