Mets’ RHP Jacob deGrom had a spectacular and surprising season. Now he’s been named the Sporting News’ NL Rookie of the Year.
Monday the Sporting News named Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox for American League Rooke of the Year. New York Mets’ right-handed rookie Jacob deGrom the recieved the distiction for the National League.
deGrom has come a long way and fought through some hardships and injuries in order to get where he is today. deGrom played shortstop growing up. As a junior in college his coach decided that he should take to the mound. So he did.
Drafted by the Mets’ in 2010, deGrom found himself in need of Tommy John surgery by 2011. He spent part of 2012 doing well in low-A and high-A but he struggled in Triple-A in 2013, beginning the 2014 season there as well.
Finally on May 15, the Mets made the call. They needed deGrom to pitch for them against the New York Yankees. He held the Yankees to just one run, four hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out six.
deGrom, despite a rough couple starts mid-season, was overall spectacular and he never left the big leagues of the starting rotation since that day in mid-May. During that string of poor outings deGrom’s ERA ballooned to 438 from a 1.83.
However, deGrom just continued to get better and better, lowering his ERA bit by bit and playing his best baseball in Setember. The Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan writes,
“On September 9, he threw eight shutout innings against the Rockies, allowing just three hits while striking out nine. In his next outing, deGrom struck out the first eight Marlins he faced, and he ended the game with 13 strikeouts in seven innings.”
Striking out the first eight batters in that game set a Mets’ franchise record and tied an MLB record. In his last start of the season he took a perfecct game into the fifth innings striking out eight of the first 12 batters he faced and ended the day with 13K’s.
At one point during the season it appeared that the Cincinnati Reds Billy Hamilton, who recieved 27 votes to deGroms’s 31. Hamilton batted .250 on the year and stole 56 bases. That wasn’t enough to conviince everyone that he had done better than deGrom however.
Others who recieved votes were St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong, San Francisco Giants Joe Panik and Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks.