Noah Syndergaard gets taste of the big leagues

Toronto Blue Jays minor league pitcher Noah Syndergaard

Toronto Blue Jays minor league pitcher Noah Syndergaard delivers a pitch during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in an Instructional League game at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fla. (Credit: AP, 2010)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Noah Syndergaard, otherwise known as the second "difference-maker" in the R.A. Dickey trade, threw his first bullpen session in a Mets uniform Sunday.

Once the season begins, Syndergaard, a hard-throwing 6-5 righthander, will be scrutinized closely by hordes of scouts. But on this afternoon, his parents -- Brad and Heidi -- were the only ones watching. Syndergaard, 20, laughed when asked if it felt unusual to be the only minor-leaguer with parents in attendance. "A little bit," he said.

The attention from everyone is going to take some getting used to. To trade Dickey, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson wanted another elite prospect from the Blue Jays in addition to Travis d'Arnaud, and that was Syndergaard, who went 13-8 with a 2.35 ERA during his three seasons in the Toronto system, none above Class A. He's expected to front the Class-A St. Lucie rotation with Michael Fulmer.

"Being traded for the Cy Young Award winner has kind of put a little nerves on me," Syndergaard said.

Duda's struggles continue

Change has come slowly for Lucas Duda. The projected starting leftfielder, who is making several changes to his swing, was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in a 7-7 tie with the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla. Duda is 0-for-7 with six strikeouts in his first two games.

"He's just not getting himself in hitting position right now," manager Terry Collins said.

Niese, Gee get work

The Mets defeated the University of Michigan, 5-2, in a split-squad game at Tradition Field. Pitchers Jon Niese and Dillon Gee each allowed one run over two innings in their first spring appearances.

Feliciano update

Lefthander Pedro Feliciano will be shut down for at least two weeks with his heart ailment, Alderson said.

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