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Noah Syndergaard is a must-add for fantasy owners

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a warmup pitch

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a warmup pitch during the first inning of a spring training against the Tigers on Saturday March 8, 2014. Credit: Ernst Peters

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard entered the 2015 MLB season as Baseball America's No. 11 prospect. In a highly anticipated move, he's finally set to make his big-league debut Tuesday against the Cubs in Chicago.

In five starts over 29.2 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas this season, the 22-year-old righthander is 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA, 0.944 WHIP and 34 strikeouts. If he keeps that up at the major-league level, he'll be a big fantasy asset -- filling out the stat sheet in the four major pitching categories.

Because the Mets recently had two young aces undergo Tommy John surgery, it's likely they'll monitor Syndergaard's pitch count and innings closely for as long he stays in the majors. Syndergaard is taking Dillon Gee's spot in the rotation after Gee was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin. Gee is eligible to return from the DL on May 19, but there's no definitive timeline on when he'll be back.

If Syndergaard delivers what the Mets are expecting, it'll be hard to send him back down, regardless of Gee's health.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, Syndergaard already was owned in 54 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 43.9 percent of ESPN leagues. Whether he stays around or not, Syndergaard's upside makes him a must-add.

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