Report: Mets Want To See More Attitude, Aggressiveness From Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Noah Syndergaard (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Noah Syndergaard is the Mets’ top pitching prospect, and he figures to be a staple in New York’s rotation for years to come.

By all accounts, he has the stuff to thrive in the majors. After all, “a hook from hell” isn’t a term that’s just thrown around carelessly.

But according to the New York Post, the organization wants to see some more “attitude” from the hard-throwing 21-year-old.

According to the newspaper, Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman challenged the right-hander to alter his approach on the hill ahead of his last start.

“(Backman) told him to be more aggressive and asked him who he wants to become,” a source told the New York Post. “Does he want to become a middle-of-the-road starter or top-of-the-line starter? (Syndergaard) said he wanted to be a No. 1. He went out with a little more of an attitude (on Monday).”

What did he have to show for it?

In the start on Monday, “Thor” allowed two runs on five hits in five innings against Fresno. In three starts for Las Vegas, he is 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA.

Syndergaard is expected to be called up to Queens in late June or early July.

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