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48 Jacob deGrom SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/185 | Birthdate: 6/19/1988 | Birthplace: Deland, FL | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 76/49 | Average Draft Position: 213.33
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Jacob deGrom tosses seven one-run innings in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom picked up a win Tuesday, giving up only one earned run on five hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out seven in his team's 3-1 victory over the Mariners.

deGrom (4-5) has dominated the competition while picking up three straight wins, giving up just two earned runs in 21 innings while striking out 26 and walking three. The impressive stretch gives him a 3.01 ERA and 79:29 K:BB ratio in 80 2/3 innings. deGrom is scheduled to do battle with the Brewers Sunday.


Jacob deGrom beginning to distinguish himself


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/15/2014) Twelve starts into his major-league career, opinions on Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom are understandably mixed. His minor-league numbers leave something to be desired, and while his 1.65 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings in his last five starts are certainly impressive, they've come against some of the most strikeout-prone lineups in the big leagues, including the Braves twice and the Marlins twice.

To me, though, that second points only holds so much water. I realize I cited it myself when I wrote about deGrom on July 9, after the fourth of those starts, but the hot streak was less evident at the time, especially since his previous start July 2 at Atlanta didn't even meet the criteria of a quality start. But now, he's had three seven-inning gems in his last five starts, allowing a grand total of one earned run in them. And most encouraging of all, two of those three starts were his second time facing a team, so it's not he's just catching teams by surprise.

Minor-league numbers matter up to a point because, at least for an unheralded prospect like deGrom, they're the most unbiased information available to us for the first year or so of his career, but the list of players to outperform their minor-league numbers during their careers is, of course, innumerable.

I'm not saying deGrom is must-add or anything, but five starts into this hot streak, I'm willing to take flier, especially given the lack of alternatives I'm finding on waivers this time of year. (Tom Koehler? John Danks? Shelby Miller? No thank you.)


Jacob deGrom cruises to third win Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom received plenty of run support Sunday against the Marlins, but he pitched pretty well regardless during a 9-1 win. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight in seven innings.

deGrom (3-5) allowed just one walk and one single through three scoreless innings to begin the game. Though, he ran into some trouble in the fourth inning. After retiring the first two batters, Casey McGehee singled, Garrett Jones doubled and Marcell Ozuna gave the Marlins their only run on an infield single. deGrom stranded two runners, however, by striking out Ed Lucas for the final out in the fourth inning.

Following Ozuna's RBI single, deGrom allowed just a single and walk over the final 11 batters he faced. It was his second straight win. deGrom hasn't allowed more than three runs in five straight starts. He has at least eight strikeouts in his last three starts.

The Mets have not yet announced when deGrom will make his first start in the second half because they are waiting on the status of Jonathon Niese (shoulder) before finalizing their rotation plans.


Not ready to trust Jacob deGrom yet


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/9/2014) Jacob deGrom has shown enough flashes of potential over his last few starts that you wouldn't be wrong to take a flier on him in a 12-team mixed league, especially since the waiver wire, at least in competitive leagues, no longer abounds with starting pitcher talent.

But taking a flier on him isn't the same as putting your trust in him, and I'm not quite ready for the latter yet.

For one thing, his high strikeout rate is mostly the result of four starts: an 11-strikeout effort May 31 at the Phillies, a seven-strikeout effort June 21 at the Marlins, an eight-strikeout effort July 2 at the Braves and the latest 11-strikeout effort Tuesday, also against the Braves.

The Marlins have struck out the most of any team in baseball, and the Braves have struck out the fourth-most. The Phillies aren't quite as bad, but they've struck out the ninth-most and have several notable high-strikeout hitters.

deGrom wasn't a strikeout pitcher in the minors, never averaging more than 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings in a full season -- and that was in the lower levels. He wasn't a pitcher of any note in the minors, compiling a 3.62 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 58 starts, and if you look at his game log, you'll see he's been just as spotty so far in the majors, with his innings and walks varying as much from start to start as his strikeouts.

But watching him pitch, I'll admit he looks better than the numbers would suggest, and I would have said the same for Corey Kluber early last year. For that reason, I'm not overlooking deGrom in Fantasy. I'm just not ready to commit to him yet.


Jacob deGrom blows away Braves with 11 strikeouts Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom cruised to a win Tuesday, giving up seven hits over seven scoreless innings while striking out 11 and walking none in his team's 8-3 victory over the Braves.

deGrom (2-5) matched his season high for strikeouts while delivering his third scoreless outing in 11 starts. Tuesday's brilliant performance was his first time this season not issuing a walk. deGrom owns a 3.38 ERA and 64:26 K:BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to wrap up the team's pre-break slate Sunday against the Marlins.


Jacob deGrom Ks eight in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom pitched well in a losing effort against the Braves Wednesday night. The right-hander permitted three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over five innings of a 3-1 defeat.

DeGrom dropped to 1-5 on the year, with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP over 10 starts (59 2/3 innings). He will get another crack at the Braves at home on Tuesday.

Jacob deGrom solid in no-deicsion


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom pitched well enough to pick up his second career win Friday, but the offense and bullpen didn't provide much help in a 3-2 extra-innings loss to the Pirates.

deGrom pitched into the seventh inning for the second start in a row, though he as unable to finish it this time around. He allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings of work, with five hits and three walks. He struck out four batters on 90 pitches in the no-decision.

Despite just a 1-4 record, deGrom has had a solid rookie season so far. He has a 3.62 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings heading into his next start, set for Wednesday in Atlanta.  


Jacob deGrom earns first career win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom picked up the first win of his rookie season Saturday, giving up just five hits and three walks over seven scoreless innings while striking out seven in his team's 4-0 victory over the Marlins.

DeGrom (1-4) opened his stint with the Mets by tossing four straight quality starts, but he was unable to find a win in any of them. He then surrendered 13 runs in 15 innings over his next three starts before righting the ship Saturday. DeGrom owns a 3.75 ERA and 41:21 K:BB ratio in 48 innings.


Jacob deGrom drops another decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was not at his best again on Monday against the Cardinals in St. Louis, dropping to 0-4 on the year. The right-hander was charged with six runs on 12 hits and two walks while striking out two over 4 1/3 innings of a 6-2 defeat.

DeGrom owns a 4.39 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP through seven starts (41 innings). He will make his next start Saturday against the Marlins in Miami.

Jacob deGrom surrenders three runs in loss vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was charged with a loss Wednesday after giving up three earned runs on nine hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Brewers.

DeGrom (0-3) has pitched relatively well since joining the rotation in mid-June, but he has yet to pick a win. The Brewers were able to score one run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings before deGrom departed in the sixth in line for the loss. He owns a 3.44 ERA and 32:16 K:BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings. DeGrom is slated to face the Cardinals Monday.


Jacob deGrom falls flat in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom struggled through his worst start yet Thursday, in a 7-4 loss to the Cubs.

After opening his career with four straight quality starts, deGrom failed to live up to that standard this time around. He was tagged for four runs on five hits and three walks in five innings of work, while striking out a career-low three batters on 90 pitches.

Despite his worst outing, deGrom actually didn't take the loss this time around, instead settling for a no-decision. He remains winless through five starts, however, carrying an 0-2 record and 3.19 ERA into his next outing, set for Wednesday against the Brewers. 


Jacob deGrom strikes out 11 in no-decision vs. Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom didn't factor into the decision Saturday after giving up three earned runs on just three hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out 11 in his team's 5-4 win over the Phillies.

DeGrom was brilliant through the first six frames, holding the Phillies scoreless on two hits and a walk while striking out 10, but he surrendered a three-run home run after the first two batters of the seventh inning reached base. Aside from that home run, he's kept the opposition off the scoreboard for two straight starts. He owns a 2.42 ERA and 25:12 K:BB ratio in 26 innings, which he'll take into Thursday's matchup with the Cubs.


Jacob deGrom should have had first MLB win Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitched well enough Monday against the Pirates to earn his first career win in his third major-league start. Unfortunately, the Mets' bullpen could not hold a late lead, costing the rookie pitcher his first major-league victory.

deGrom ran into some early trouble Monday, as he loaded the bases with one out in the first inning. Luckily, he escaped the jam with no damage, as he got Russell Martin to ground into an inning-ending double play.

deGrom had more problems in the second, as he allowed the first two runners to reach base. But once again he emerged unscathed, as he retired the next three batters in order.

The rookie tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a career-high five walks. He struck out four and left with a 2-0 lead, which the bullpen blew in the eighth inning, costing deGrom the chance to celebrate his first win.

With Dillon Gee (lat) suffering a setback in his recovery, deGrom is expected to remain in the rotation for the time being. His next scheduled start is for Saturday at Philadelphia.


Jacob deGrom hurt by longball in second loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom had trouble keeping the ball in the yard Wednesday, in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.

Though he managed to record his second quality start in as many attempts, deGrom still took the loss thanks to three solo home runs. He allowed  three runs on just four hits in six innings of work, while walking three batters and striking out four.

deGrom has been mostly solid since joining the rotation, though he has two loss in two starts to show for it. He should get at least one more turn in the rotation, set for Monday against the Pirates. 


Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero pitching for one spot


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Though both pitched well in their major-league debuts this week, the Mets will only be able to keep one of their rookies in the rotation long term.

Manager Terry Collins told MLB.com Friday only one of Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom will keep his job when Dillon Gee is able to return from the disabled list. That is expected to come May 26, so both pitchers will be fighting for a job in their next few turns in the rotation. 


Jacob deGrom not as good as he showed


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/16/2014) Jacob deGrom may have had the stronger debut, but between the Mets' recent additions to the starting rotation, Rafael Montero is still the one to own.

As hard as he throws, he has a chance of making an impact as long as he finds the strike zone, but the scouting reports have made him out to be more of a mid-level prospect. Baseball America described him as a potential No. 4 starter coming into the season -- and that's in the real-life sense, not the Fantasy sense.

His minor-league track record suggests the same. While his debut made him out to be a bat-misser, recording six strikeouts while allowing just four hits in seven innings, he averaged 7.4 strikeouts and 9.3 hits per nine innings over his minor-league career. If he's that same kind of pitcher in the majors, he's probably on the waiver wire in most leagues.

Of course, Dallas Keuchel is the perfect example of a pitcher who overcame (or at least appears to have overcome) suspect minor-league rates to become a real Fantasy contributor, but after only one start, I'm not ready to classify deGrom as another exception to the rule.


Jacob deGrom goes seven strong in first career start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Mets rookie starting pitcher Jacob deGrom was hit with a tough-luck loss in his first career start Thursday night against the Yankees.

Pitching in place of Dillon Gee, deGrom tossed six scoreless frames before permitting a run-scoring double to Alfonso Soriano in the seventh, which proved to be the difference. He limited the Yankees to one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six in seven innings of a 1-0 defeat. 57 of his 91 pitches were called for strikes.

DeGrom became the first debuting starting pitcher in franchise history to be charged with a loss in a game he logged at least seven innings and limited the opponent to one run, per ESPN. He will make his next start Wednesday at home against the Dodgers.

Jacob deGrom to make first career start Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Mets rookie starting pitcher Jacob deGrom will make his first career start Thursday against the Yankees in place of Dillon Gee, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.

deGrom was 4-0 with a 2.58 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in seven starts for Triple-A Las Vegas prior to his promotion. He is 21-11 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 58 minor-league starts in his career.


Mets call up Jacob deGrom Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) The Mets brought up pitcher Jacob deGrom from Triple-A Las Vegas Monday, the team announced.

Scratched from his scheduled start with Las Vegas, deGrom takes the place of Gonzalez Germen, who was sent to the disabled list with a viral issue. The prospect is 4-0 with a 2.58 ERA and 29:10 K:BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings over seven starts at Triple-A.


Jacob deGrom could be called up this week


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Prospect Jacob deGrom could be added to the Mets' bullpen in the next few days, reports WFAN. He had his start at Triple-A Las Vegas scratched so he can be on standby for a call-up.

Mets still pondering options with rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said he planned to speak Sunday with general manager Sandy Alderson about the final spot in the team's rotation, which is currently occupied by Jenrry Mejia

Collins has avoided questions in recent days about his future plans for Mejia. Whether or not he makes his next start Wednesday against the Yankees could come down to the team feeling comfortable enough with one of its pitching prospects making his first start against a tough opponent.

Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom are considered the leading candidates to join the rotation, if Mejia loses his spot. Reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka could also be an option to pitch Wednesday.

"The answer to me is yes, it will have something to do with it," Collins said of the Subway Series. "It's going to be against Masahiro Tanaka. It's going to be here. So I think you've certainly go to take it into consideration."


Mets pondering options if Jenrry Mejia moved to bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) If the Mets choose to move Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen, then it doesn't mean Daisuke Matsuzaka, who lost out on the fifth spot in the rotation this spring, would move into the rotation, per The Star-Ledger.

"We haven’t even talked about the first part seriously yet, but what happens after, it wouldn’t necessarily be Daisuke gets it," Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said.

Ricco said it is more like the Mets would turn to Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom, who are both in the rotation at Triple-A Las Vegas, over Matsuzaka.


Mets ready to make changes to pitching staff?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) The Mets are not inclined to make a roster move to bolster their bullpen on Thursday's off-day, a source told the New York Daily News. However, future decisions this weekend could hinge on Jenrry Mejia's start Friday against the Phillies.

If Mejia struggles again, Daisuke Matsuzaka could be moved to the rotation and pitcher prospect Rafael Montero could be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to join the bullpen, Daily News writer Andy Martino speculates. Martino also feels if the Mets dip into the rotation at Las Vegas for bullpen help, then Montero would get the call over Jacob deGrom.


Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom impress in spring debuts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Mets pitchers Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom each pitched two perfect innings in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Nationals, with Montero striking out two and deGrom striking out four.

"I only threw two offspeed pitches," deGrom told MLB.com after the game. "I was locating my fastball really well. That was the biggest key to those two innings to me."

Looking to win a rotation spot this spring, deGrom made a quick rise through the minors last season, going 7-7 with a 4.51 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 120:46 K:BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings across three levels.

Montero will likely be a midseason callup for the Mets but could break camp with the team if he impresses this spring. He went 12-7 with a 2.78 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 150:35 K:BB ratio in 155 1/3 innings between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas last season.


Mets trying to add veteran to vie for final spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told MLB.com he would like to sign a veteran pitcher to a minor-league deal, with the intent of pitting him against Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom in the competition for the final spot in the team's rotation.

Bartolo Colon, Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler are expected to fill out the first four spots in the team's rotation.