This is not a Best Shape of His Life story, really, but the fact that Noah Syndergaard has put on 17 pounds of muscle this offseason comes in the course of this excellent profile of him at Sports Illustrated. He has worked out all offseason, adding that muscle and reducing his body fat. The guy is already a beast. If he puts on mid-career Roger Clemens-style bulk, he might be downright scary.
I usually think that stories that come out about a player working extra hard during the offseason are overblown and I feel the same way about this one. It should just be expected that players are working out during the offseason and just because there was a story written it becomes a big deal. There are plenty of other players who have worked just as hard and received no attention for that. Now obviously this is a little different because Syndergaard is one of the best in the league at his position and is still only twenty-four years old. This is not going to change the way I view Syndergaard, but it is going to change the way that others view him.
I’m looking at this purely from a fantasy baseball perspective and this could potentially raise his draft stock up to the point where he is overvalued. Currently, Syndergaard is hovering around the end of the second round in standard 10-team leagues with the likes of Madison Bumgarner and Chris Sale. I think this is a solid spot for him considering his stats last year where he only threw 183.1 innings and racked up over 200 strikeouts.
The news of his offseason training may prompt other players to value him higher than where he currently sits and could result in his draft stock rising. Currently being drafted as the number four overall pitcher it is going to be tough for him to outperform the three proven guys in front of him in Kershaw, Scherzer, and Bumgarner. The bottom line is; don’t buy into the offseason hype.