Photo: Noah Syndergaard’s velocity can be bruising

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws so hard, his fastball left its mark on catcher Kevin Plawecki after last night’s 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Of course, by leaving its mark, we mean that the ball actually DID leave a mark on Plawecki, his chest to be exact.

A picture of just how much of an impact Syndergaard’s velocity left was posted to Twitter by SNY’s Steve Gelbs.

How hard does Syndergaard throw? Plawecki blocked a pitch w/ his chest. Theres now an imprint where his necklace was

— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) April 19, 2016

It just goes to show that Mets catchers would be wise to wear some extra protection when Syndergaard is on the mound. Per Fangraphs, his fastball has consistently been in the mid-to-high 90s this season and at age 23, it should remain there for the foreseeable future barring major injury.

And given how the New York Mets have one of the best young starting rotations in baseball, with Syndergaard just one piece in that well-oiled machine, team management should be fine with the catchers taking a bump every now and again.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports