Angels reportedly trade Noah Syndergaard to Phillies

Noah Syndergaard’s time as an angel is over.

The team that is 16 games under .500, reportedly traded the right-handed pitcher to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. In return, the Angels will get outfield prospect Mickey Moniak.

It was the second trade of the day between the teams, as the Angels had previously sent outfielder Brandon Marsh to Philadelphia for a top pick as a catcher.

Syndergaard signed a one-year, $21 million deal with the Angels last offseason. After this season he will be eligible for free agency.

He’s more likely to join the Phillies on loan unless he signs an extended contract with them during the offseason. Syndergaard also can’t get a qualifying offer, having already been renewed by the New York Mets in 2021.

Syndergaard lowered his ERA for the season to 3.83 after a solid game against the Royals in Kansas City on July 25. He threw 5 2/3 innings on ball with six hits, two strides and one run. Syndergaard batted six and hit a batter over the 96 pitches he threw, 59 of which were strikes.

Syndergaard joined the Angels after sitting out almost two full seasons in rehab following surgery on Tommy John, which he had in the spring of 2020 when Major League Baseball shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

During his time with the Mets, he returned from the bullpen for two brief appearances in the final games of the 2021 season. The outings helped show that despite the significant missed time, he was still worthy of being a big league pitcher.

Syndergaard’s speed wasn’t what it used to be. “Thor,” as he’s affectionately known to fans, rose through the ranks as a fireballer, pitching in the high 90’s and into the triple digits. He couldn’t match those speeds this season with his four-seam fastball and sinker, but that wasn’t a problem.

He effectively mixed in more off-speed pitches and was less dependent on that high speed — his fastball was averaging 94 mph, down 4 mph from 2019 — in 15 starts with the Angels.

“Overall, I feel like I’m learning a lot,” Syndergaard told reporters in Kansas City. “I’m still getting a feel for my performance after not campaigning for two years. Working with the stuff I have will make me a better pitcher when the plus stuff comes back. And hopefully I can dominate even more.”

Syndergaard’s ability to adapt has resulted in five quality starts, defined by MLB as pitching six or more innings with three or fewer earned runs. He also has five starts in which he hit the sixth inning and gave up two or fewer runs.

Marsh, the Angels’ talented outfielder with a penchant for diving catches, was traded to minor league catcher Logan O’Hoppe, who was assigned to the Double-A Rocket City Trash Pandas.

O’Hoppe is ranked No. 3 on the Phillies system and played last month’s Futures Game at Dodger Stadium. He had a stellar 2021, jumping from High A to Triple A over the course of the season and hitting .210 with a .789 on-base plus slugging percentage. In 75 games in Double A this season, he hit .275 with .888 OPS.

O’Hoppe, who is from West Islip, NY, is ranked #86 overall by MLB Pipeline prospects. His move to the Angels gives them their only chance to make the top 100. His addition gives the Angels a quality player in a position they are thin on.

In 93 games (82 starts) this season, Marsh has 66 hits, 34 runs and 37 RBIs, and 117 strikeouts. He has the worst strikeout rate in baseball (36.2%).

He went into a slump in June in particular, where he only hit .157 with an OPS of .482. Those numbers improved slightly in July when it hit 0.203 with 0.641 OPS. Marsh’s penultimate game of the month, including a 12 pitch-at-bat for a walk in the eighth inning of a comeback win over the Texas Rangers.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2022-08-02/angels-trade-noah-syndergaard-brandon-marsh-phillies Angels reportedly trade Noah Syndergaard to Phillies

Emma Bowman

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