The Mets may only be four games into spring training, but it's never too early to assess Noah Syndergaard's first outing against a solid major league lineup.
Here's Syndergaard's line of work against the Braves on Monday in Disney:
2 IP: 1 H, 0 R, 2 K, 30 pitches
We may have only got to witness him for two innings of work, but Noah did not fail to meet the expectations in his first spring appearance.
In only 30 pitches, the right-handed pitching prospect breezed through Atlanta's top of the order.
Syndergaard opened up the bottom of the first with a full count to Jason Heyward, then hurled a 3-2 fastball at 98 mph that Heyward could not catch up to. Following Heyward's punchout, Syndergaard retired the Upton brothers in order, getting them both to fly out with only 12 pitches thrown in the first.
In the second, "Thor" continued to get his fastball around the 95-97 mph area. Against the hard-hitting Evan Gattis to lead off the bottom of the second, he struck him out on three straight fastballs, the first at 95 mph, then the next two at 96 mph a piece.
The next batter Syndergaard faced was his only challenge of the afternoon.
Veteran catcher Ryan Doumit faced nine total pitches from Syndergaard in his at-bat, four of which he fouled off, and the last of which he placed into left field for an opposite-field single.
Syndergaard did not seem flustered by Doumit's single. He continued to retire hitters from the stretch with a Tommy LaStella fly out to left in foul territory and a Mark Hamilton comebacker to retire the side.
Syndergaard was not hesitant to fire his fastball at the accomplished bats of Jason Heyward, Evan Gattis, Ryan Doumit, and B.J and Justin Upton. He showed some of his off-speed action with the "hook from hell" curve, but mostly went with the fastball that stayed around the 96 mph range.
After the second inning, Terry Collins pulled Syndergaard from the game with two shutout innings under his belt, allowing him to rest following a pretty successful spring training debut.
This outing was a very small sample of what the Mets are hoping to see from their top-prospect in the near and far future.
Hopefully, the success only continues for the 6-foot-6, 240 pound machine, as he looks to shine for the remainder of the spring and the first half of the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. So far, he's not too shabby in doing so.