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Jacob Anthony deGrom

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Jacob deGrom made his major league debut in 2014.

DeGrom hit .243/.294/.271 as a college freshman, playing regularly at third base. He batted .258/.284/.289 as a sophomore, now a shortstop usually. As a junior, he hit .263/.324/.347 and also pitched (4-5, 2 Sv, 4.48). The New York Mets, behind scout Steve Nichols, picked him in the 9th round of the 2010 amateur draft, one selection after Zach Walters.

Jacob was 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA for the 2010 Kingsport Mets then missed a year due to Tommy John surgery. In '12, the right-hander was healthy and did very well with the Savannah Sand Gnats (6-3, 2.51 in 15 G, 14 BB in 89 2/3 IP) and St. Lucie Mets (3-0, 2.08), walking only 20 in 111 1/3 IP and posting a .997 WHIP. He was third among Mets farmhands with 100+ IP in WHIP, following Rafael Montero and Logan Verrett (who shared a June 19 birthdate).

The Floridian hurler split 2013 between St. Lucie (1-0, 3.00 in 2 G), Binghamton Triplets (2-5, 4.80 in 10 G) and Las Vegas 51s (4-2, 4.52 in 14 G). His 168 hits allowed were second in the Mets chain behind Chris Schwinden and he was 7th with 120 strikeouts. He began 2014 well with Las Vegas (4-0, 2.58 in 7 G). He and Montero were called up when Dillon Gee went on the DL (Kyle Farnsworth was released in the other move). In his debut on May 15th against the New York Yankees, his opponent was another pitcher making his big league debut, Chase Whitley. The two pitched well, with Whitley not giving up a run in 4 2/3 innings, while Jacob limited the Yankees to one run in 7 innings; unfortunately for him, it was the only run scored in the game, so he was stuck with a tough-luck loss, 1-0. Both he and Whitley also got their first major league hit off one another in the game; for deGrom, it was the first hit by a Mets pitcher all year, ending a record 0-for-64 drought at the plate. It took him eight starts to record his first big league win. It finally came on June 21st against the Miami Marlins, 4-0, in a game in which he pitched seven scoreless innings. He had been the first pitcher in Mets history not to record a win in his first seven big league starts. He was named the National League's Rookie of the Month for July after going 4-1, 1.39 during the month.

On August 2nd, he was locked in a great duel with Jake Peavy of the San Francisco Giants as neither pitcher gave up a hit through the first 6 innings of the game; he gave up a hit in the 7th, but Peavy then cracked, allowing a four-run inning that led to the Mets' eventual 4-2 win. Just as there was beginning to be talk about Jacob as a Rookie of the Year candidate, he hit a snag when he was sent to the disabled list on August 11th with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. he was back on the mound on August 23rd, and continued to push his case as the circuit's top rookie. On September 9th, he pitched three-hit ball for 8 innings in a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rockies, making it the third straight start in which he had not given up an earned run. In his next start, against the Miami Marlins on September 15th, he tied a major league record by striking out the first eight batters he faced in the game, before his opposite number, jarred Cosart, singled to right. He gave up 3 runs in 7 innings while striking out 13 and left with a 5-3 lead, but his bullpen gave up 3 runs in the 8th and he ended up with a no-decision. The record he tied had been set by Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros back on September 23, 1986. Now a broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs, Deshaies immediately congratulated Jacob with these words: "Congratulations to Jacob Degrom for tying one of the most hallowed records in all of sport". Mindful of not putting too much mileage on his arm, the Mets gave him one more start, a 10-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on September 21t, then announced they were shutting him down for the last week of the season, as he had nothing left to prove. He finished his rookie season with a record of 9-6, 2.63 in 22 starts, having given up 116 hits in 140 1/3 innings while striking out 144. He was named the NL's Rookie of the Month for the second time in September, as he was 2-0, 1.67, with 38 strikeouts, then won the vote as the league's Rookie of the Year.

DeGrom was one of the few exciting stories to concern the Mets during his rookie season in 2014, as the team otherwise played listlessly and was never in playoff contention. His very distinctive look, with a wild mane of shoulder-length hair, became a fan favorite, to the point that the Mets mascot, Mr. Met, showed up at one of his home starts wearing a wig that imitates his hairstyle.

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NL Rookie of the Year
2013 2014 2015
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