Many people still can’t fathom how a “nobody” can become one of the most popular and respected athletes in the majors but Noah Seth Syndergaard did just that. Syndergaard, also known as, “Thor,” is an American professional baseball player who is a starting pitcher for the New York Mets. And he already became an All-Star in just his second year with the Mets in 2016. He also has 440 MLB strikeouts since joining with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015.
Noah Syndergaard Net Worth 2018: $1 million
Since Syndergaard returned to the pitching rotation, he signed a one-year deal (’18-’19 season) with the New York Mets for $2.98 million.
He was born in Mansfield, Texas on August 29, 1992. Syndergaard attended Mansfield Legacy High School and during his junior year, he hit a growth spurt. But Syndergaard’s aspirations went even beyond baseball, to playing basketball. After high school, he began his college baseball career at Dallas Baptist University, the only university to offer him a college-based scholarship to play baseball. If there is something that Syndergaard throws, like no other pitcher, it’s his perceived velocity that poses a physical threat to the batter.
Syndergaard’s professional career began in 2010 with the Toronto Blue Jays, as he was the 38th athlete to be selected in the 2010 MLB draft. Upon joining the team, he received a $600,000 signing bonus.
In 2011, “Thor” made his minor-league debut on the mound for the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Rookie-level Appalachian League. He pitched alongside prospects Justin Nicolino and Aaron Sanchez, who were also top-notch players.
In 2012, Syndergaard was traded to the New York Mets and was ranked as the team’s third-best prospect in his first season with the organization. Ahead of Syndergaard in the rankings were Travis d’Arnaud and Zack Wheeler.
In 2013, it was a big year for him. He began the season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was later named an FSL All-Star. After that, he was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League in late June before playing in the 2013 All-Star Futures Game.
In 2014, his last year in the minors, Syndergaard pitched for the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, where he led the league in strikeouts (145).
In 2015, Syndergaard’s dreams to one day become an MLB pitcher came true. On May 12, he made his start against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field but struggled to pick up the win. However, he earned his first strikeout in just the first inning. Two weeks later, he hit his first solo home-run of his career against the Philadelphia Phillies. As the season ended, Syndergaard was given his golden opportunity to not only pitch in the playoffs but in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3, earning the victory.
In 2016, he went down in the history books with the New York Mets. He became the first Mets pitcher to homer twice in a game since Walt Terrell did on August 6, 1983. That year, he was also named the National League Player of the Week for the second time in his career.
In 2017, Syndergaard made his first Opening Day start for the Mets. However, April 30, was his last day pitching due to a torn lat muscle in his right arm, and wouldn’t take the mound again till September 23 against the Washington Nationals.
In 2018, he once again started for the Mets. He is off to an amazing start (2-0), with 22 strikeouts, and only four walks in the three games he started.