With the 272nd overall selection in the 2010 MLB draft, the Mets selected RHP Jacob deGrom in the 9th round. The Mets did not have a selection in the 10th round.
Jacob has progressed to AAA during his minor league career, and on November 20, 2013 – he was added to the Mets 40-man roster.
Jacob’s professional career began in 2010 with the Kingsport Mets (Rookie) of the Appalachian League where he appeared in 6 games, making 6 starts, with a record of 1-1 and an ERA of 5.19. He pitched 26 innings, allowing 35 hits, walking 6 and striking out 22 with a WHIP of 1.58.
After missing the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery, Jacob returned in 2012. He began his season in May with the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) of the South Atlantic League before being sent to the St. Lucie Mets (A+) of the Florida State League. In 19 games (all starts) in his return season, Jacob had a record of 9-3 with an ERA of 2.43 in 111 1/3 inings, allowing 91 hits, walking 20 and striking out 96 with a WHIP of 1.00.
Jacob continued moving up the ranks in 2013, pitching for St. Lucie, the Binghamton Mets (AA) of the Eastern League, and the Las Vegas 51s (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Jacob made 26 starts with a record of 7-7 and an ERA of 4.51, pitching 147 2/3 innings allowing 168 hits, walking 46 and striking out 120 with a WHIP of 1.45.
In three minor league seasons, Jacob has made 51 starts with a record of 17-11 and an ERA of 3.76. He has pitched 285 innings, allowing 294 hits, walking 72 and striking out 238 with a WHIP of 1.28.
Jacob features a fastball that usually runs 91-93 mph, but has been known to occasionally dial it up to the 94-96 range and with other highly touted starters that have been sitting in the minors in recent years (Harvey, Wheeler, Montero, Syndergaard) he has been a prospect that has been under the radar of many Mets fans. He’ll enter spring training as a perceived long shot for the final spot in the rotation, but expect to see Jacob pitching in Queens at some point in 2014.