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What you need to know about new Phillies Noah Syndergaard, David Robertson and Brandon Marsh


The Phillies acquired three pieces on Tuesday in hopes of ending their 10-year playoff drought. Here’s a closer look at those players, including why one guy jokingly calls his Philadelphia trade “awkward.”

  • Flew under the scouting radar until having a growth spurt during his senior year of high school. With scholarships to top baseball schools, Syndergaard was heading to Dallas Baptist University before the Blue Jays selected him with the 38th pick in 2010. Detroit took Nick Castellanos six spots later . Bryce Harper went No. 1 that year at Washington, JT Realmuto 104th at the Marlins. The Phillies drafted Jesse Biddle 27th.

  • Syndergaard, a right-hander, grew up in Mansfield, Texas, a suburb of Dallas and a town known for its love of rodeo.

  • Syndergaard’s ancestors moved from Denmark to Iowa in the 1800s, according to the Des Moines Register, where his father, Brad, was raised on a farm before moving to Texas. “Noah will tell you on this day that all he learned [about] playing ball came from his father,” Syndergaard’s mother, Deb, told the Register in 2015. “His father has been his coach throughout the years.

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  • It’s mostly a moot point because the designated hitter came to the National League, but Syndergaard has hit six home runs in his career, including his first in 2015 against Sean O’Sullivan of the Phillies.

  • He is sure Twitter to @Noahsyndergaard and on Instagram at nsyndeergard.

  • After being acquired by the Phillies on Tuesday, Syndergaard tweeted a video of his 2017 prank when, as the Met, he stole the Phillie Phanatic’s ATV with the caption, “well, that’s embarrassing.”

  • Posted a similar video from when he was ejected for throwing behind Chase Utley when Utley was with the Dodgers. Seems to have the temperament to play here very well.

  • Her flowing blonde hair goes well with her nickname, “Thor.” He is 6ft 6in and weighs 230lbs and is known to dress up as the mythical Greek god of thunder.

  • Appeared in the HBO hit game of thrones and nicknames his baseball gloves after TV and movie characters.

  • Signed a one-year, $21 million contract with the Angels in the offseason, although he missed most of 2020 and 2021 after Tommy John’s surgery. Was 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA with LA this season. The Angels have scored under three in six of his last eight starts, including his last appearance when they were stripped by Kansas City on July 25. Syndergaard allowed a run in 5⅔ innings.

  • Underwent surgery just as the pandemic was exploding (March 26, 2020). With so much idle time, Syndergaard started a book club. One of his selections last year was All colors are out by former Inquirer sportswriter Kate Fagan. Fans can join the club by SMS the number listed on his social media pages817-953-2575.

  • The Angels naturally watched his workload, allowing Syndergaard to hit 100 shots just once in 15 starts.

  • Made five playoff starts with the Mets, including Game 3 of the 2015 World Series when he allowed three runs in six innings for the win. The Phillies’ top two starting pitchers — Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler — have yet to pitch in the playoffs.

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  • Was the closest for the United States at the 2014 Futures All-Star Game and salvaged the save when Maikel Franco made the final.

  • Went 2-2 with a 5.71 ERA in six career starts at Citizens Bank Park with 13 walks in 28⅔ innings. Syndergaard last pitched to CBP in 2019 when Franco caught him. Franco is now with Washington, Syndergaard’s opponent in his Phillies debut on Thursday.

  • This will be his second stint with the Phillies. His first, of 2019-20, was wiped out by injuries and setbacks. It cost the Phillies $25 million for the seven games he pitched.

  • The postponement of the 2020 Olympics to 2021 paved the way to the big leagues for Robertson, who won a silver medal for Team USA and turned that experience into a contract with the Rays last August.

  • Lance right and turned 37 in April. Twitter handle is @DRob30.

  • Appeared in 33 postseason games, most of his days with the Yankees. Was a preparer when New York beat the Phillies in the 2009 World Series. Robertson has allowed no runs in his last seven playoff appearances, including three last season with Tampa Bay.

READ MORE: David Robertson’s comeback odyssey: From a men’s league at the Olympics to a return to the Phillies

  • Had a good season for the Cubs with 14 saves, 51 strikeouts and 19 walks in 40⅓ innings.

  • Negotiates own contracts. Has a one-year, $3.5 million contract for 2022.

  • Founded the charity High Socks For Hope (a nod to his uniform) following the 2011 tornadoes that devastated Tuscaloosa, Ala. This winter, the foundation purchased furniture for an unlucky US Army veteran.

  • Excellent defensive player who, at 24, is still developing offensively. Played only 163 career games and is under contract until 2027.

  • Was a second-round pick of the Angels in 2016, the same year the Phillies were supposed to select their center fielder of the future – Mickey Moniak – with the No. 1 overall pick. Moniak was sent to the Angels for Syndergaard.

  • Went 1 for 12 when the Angels were swept by the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in June. Had eight homers in 292 at-bats for LA this season, hitting .226 with a .637 OPS.

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  • Played at Buford High School (Ga.) with San Francisco Giants catcher Joey Bart. Marsh was also a wide receiver/cornerback who helped Buford win two state football titles.

  • Is on Twitter @Brandon_Marsh22 although he doesn’t tweet much. The Angels announcement from six years ago remains pinned on his account.

  • Made his major league debut on July 18, 2021, about three months after his father, Jake, died of cancer. Jake Marsh was the AP announcer for Brandon’s high school games and his mom, Sonja, and sister Erin brought dad’s ashes to Angel Stadium that day for an emotional hug after the game.

  • “The enormity of it all was heavy but happy,” Sonja told the Los Angeles Times. “We were just like, ‘See, you did it. You did it Brandon. You know he’s so proud of you.