Let’s face it, he’s a pitcher that hasn’t been on the radar of Mets fans as a prospect for the future. We’ve been focused on Syndergaard and Montero in the minors. We’ve been paying attention to Wheeler. It was Harvey last season. And, to a lesser extent, Jenrry Meija and Jeurys Familia.
So Jacob deGrom has been pretty much anonymous. He’s not on the 40 man roster. But last night, with the injury to Meija, his name kept on popping up on the broadcast.
So who is this guy?
He’s #17 on the Mets prospect list. A 9th round draft pick in 2010 that is currently pitching in Las Vegas for the 51s. He’s already 25 years old and he’s played at three levels this season (High A, AA, and AAA).
After getting drafted in 2010, he pitched 6 games in Rookie ball. He missed all of 2011 with Tommy John surgery. He returned in 2012 and pitched in class A Savannah and High A Port St. Lucie with a combined record of 9-3 with a 2.49 ERA in 19 games and 111 innings.
He started this season in St. Lucie, pitching in 2 games before advancing to AA ball. In Binghamton, he went 2-5 in 10 starts with a 4.80 ERA, striking out 44 and walking 20 with a 1.40 WHIP in 60 innings. At AAA Las Vegas, he’s gone 4-2 with a 4.02 ERA, striking out 55 and walking 19 in 62 innings. Combined this season, he’s been 7-7 with a 4.28 ERA in 134 innings and opponents have hit .293 against him.
So why would this guy possibly be added to the 40 man roster to get a call up to start in September ahead of Montero or Syndergaard?
He’s not as valuable to the team as the other players, who are under innings limits. But isn’t deGrom also throwing more than he ever has before? Yes, but he’s also older and with the other higher valued prospects on the horizon – September may be a chance to either surprise the front office or showcase him for a trade in the offseason if he’s not part of the long term plans.