Since his New York Mets debut, Jacob deGrom has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. He has come into 2018 with a brand new look but his stuff is still Cy Young caliber.
The Mets drafted deGrom in the 9th round of the 2010 MLB Draft from Stetson University. Unfortunately, like many of the Mets starters he underwent Tommy John Surgery and missed the entire 2011 season. After a few seasons in the minors following the surgery he earned the call-up to the big leagues.
deGrom and Rafael Montero were called up in 2014 to debut in consecutive games. deGrom stole the spotlight from Montero putting up a 9-6 record with a 2.69 ERA, which earned him Rookie of the Year honors.
deGrom’s First All-Star Game
He lived up to his high expectations in 2015, which was his first full season in the big leagues. deGrom earned his first All-Star selection, finished fourth in ERA (2.54) and finished seventh in Cy Young Voting. deGrom also picked up three wins in the postseason, including two in the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
His 2016 ended abruptly after 24 starts and a 3.04 ERA. He missed all of September due to injury. He underwent surgery on an ulnar nerve in his elbow to fix numbness in his fingers .
2017 was deGrom’s worst year, but statistically it is a terrific year for most pitchers. He went 15-10, pitched 200 innings for the first time in his career and had a 3.53 ERA. deGrom finished tied for eighth in Cy Young voting.
The expectations have been set high for deGrom again and he has been one of the key reasons why the Mets have started the season hot. He has four different pitches that he can strikeout anyone with and one of the best fastballs in baseball. If he has a typical Jacob deGrom year he will be in the running for a Cy Young award.
He has a 3.06 ERA with two wins in the small sample size of 17.2 innings. It will be an exciting 2018 season if deGrom remains healthy and dominates the NL.