Now Commenting On:

{"event":["spring_training" ] }

Piazza enjoying role as Mets' spring instructor

Piazza enjoying role as Mets' spring instructor play video for Piazza enjoying role as Mets' spring instructor

PORT ST.LUCIE, Fla. -- Mike Piazza seems quite comfortable and at ease in his role of Spring Training instructor.

Piazza watched Noah Syndergaard throw in the bullpen Thursday and came away with this tongue-in-cheek impression after the rookie had popped the catcher's mitt a few times. "He's a control guy. Right?"

Frank Viola, who pitched in the big leagues from 1982-96 and learned to throw his effective changeup from former Brooklyn Dodger Johnny Podres, spoke with Syndergaard about his changeup grip.

The Mets have been quite impressed with Viola's work in the Minor Leagues the last three years, all at the Class A level. He will be the pitching coach for the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas in 2014. Syndergaard will likely begin the season in Las Vegas.

Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"event":["spring_training" ] }
{"event":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español