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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%: 86/62 | Average Draft Position: 192.80
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Digging a little deeper on Jacob deGrom


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/16/2014) While some baseball fans probably hadn't heard of Jacob deGrom prior to his record-tying performance against the Marlins on Monday, most Fantasy owners were plenty familiar with his work already. That's what happens when a midseason waiver claim goes 8-2 with a 1.93 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings during a 14-start stretch.

But is he really that good? Understand I'm not being literal here. Only a handful of pitchers in baseball history have been that good over a full season. But is deGrom really a strikeout-per-inning, top-30 type with the potential, maybe, to pitch like an ace? I'm starting to believe he is.

I won't spoil it here, but when I took a deeper look at deGrom's last 14 starts -- or really, his season as a whole -- in the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, I liked what I saw. In terms of swinging strike percentage, he's in elite company, and his velocity speaks for itself.

Plus, he throws strikes, keeps the ball in the yard, basically does everything that makes for a successful pitcher even apart from the strikeout rate. I don't think it's a stretch to say he could be next year's Corey Kluber.


Jacob deGrom matches MLB strikeout mark


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom matched a modern major league record by striking out his first eight batters Monday night at home against Miami. However, it wasn't enough as he failed to factor inot the decision.

DeGrom allowed three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out a career-high 13 over seven innings of a 6-5 defeat. He owns a 2.68 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 21 starts (134 1/3 innings). His next start will come Sunday at Atlanta.

Jacob deGrom twirls eight brilliant innings in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom earned a win Tuesday, allowing just three hits in eight scoreless innings while striking out nine and walking none in his team's 2-0 victory over the Rockies.

deGrom (8-6) hasn't allowed an earned run in three straight starts, though he did surrender an unearned run in each of his previous two outings. Tuesday's win was the first time he's completed eight inning this season, and his nine strikeouts represent his third-best performance in 20 starts. deGrom owns a 2.62 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 121:39 K:BB ratio in 127 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Marlins Monday.


Mets push back starting five


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) With Rafael Montero expected to make a spot start Wednesday against the Rockies, the rest of the Mets starting rotation gets pushed back a day. Jonathon Niese, who will start Monday's game against the Rockies, won't start again until Sunday against the Nationals. Jacob deGrom, who will start Tuesday's game, won't start again until Sept. 15.

Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler will start the other three games of this weekend's series against the Nationals, with Colon going on Thursday, Gee going on Friday and Wheeler going on Saturday.


Jacob deGrom strikes out six in no-decision Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom didn't factor into the decision Wednesday, allowing one earned run on six hits and two walks in six innings while striking out six in his team's 4-3 win over the Marlins.

deGrom gave up his only run on an infield single in the third inning, but he watched the bullpen blow his lead late in the game. He owns a 2.87 ERA and 112:39 K:BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings. deGrom is scheduled to face the Rockies Tuesday.


Mets could limit Jacob deGrom innings down the stretch


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) The Mets are planning to monitor the workload of promising starter Jacob deGrom, who is set to start Wednesday against Miami.

His innings would be limited, but he will not be shut down at any point this season, per ESPN.

"We're certainly keeping track of his pitch counts and workload," Terry Collins said. "The way he's been pitching, you're looking up and you know he's going to get you six or seven [innings]."

deGrom has pitched 151 2/3 innings between the minors and majors this season. He has put together a run of seven quality starts in the last eight outings along with a 7-6 record and 2.94 ERA on the year.


Jacob deGrom picks up the win Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom turned in a great start Friday against the Phillies.

deGrom allowed one unearned run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. The Phillies scored their only run in the seventh inning. After a leadoff single, Grady Sizemore reached on a throwing error by Lucas Duda, allowing the leadoff runner to advance to second. That run would come around on a single. It would be an unearned run for deGrom.

With the win, deGrom improved to 7-6. He'll take on the Marlins in their next start. 


Jacob deGrom picks up the loss


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom had a tough start Saturday against the Dodgers.

deGrom allowed five runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked two during the outing. deGrom got off to a decent start, tossing three scoreless frames to open the game. He ran into trouble in the fourth. deGrom walked the leadoff hitter. That hitter wound up coming around to score on a single. The second run of the inning scored on a sac fly. Things didn’t get much better the following inning. With two men on base, Adrian Gonzalez belted a three-run homer to right center. 

With the loss, deGrom fell to 6-6. He’ll take on the Phillies in his next start. 


Jacob deGrom activated for start Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) The Mets have activated pitcher Jacob deGrom for Saturday's start.

The team had expected deGrom to return, so the move shouldn't come as a surprise. deGrom missed time with a shoulder issue. He'll take on the Dodgers Saturday.


Jacob deGrom lined up to return Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Tuesday that pitcher Jacob deGrom is lined up to return to the rotation Saturday against the Dodgers, Newsday reports.

deGrom has been sidelined since Aug. 7, but his shoulder injury looks looks to be keeping him out a minimal amount of time. He owns a 2.87 ERA and 94:33 K:BB ratio in 100 1/3 innings.


Jacob deGrom on track to return next weekend


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom said his injured shoulder was fine after throwing a 20-pitch bullpen session Sunday, according to ESPN. deGrom is expected to have a more intense bullpen session later this week, as he gears up for a potential return from the disabled list next weekend against the Dodgers.

"We were just seeing how it felt," deGrom said about Sunday's session. "I threw changeups when I was playing catch, and those felt fine. Either Tuesday or Wednesday I'll throw everything." 


Jacob deGrom could return to rotation next weekend


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is expected to throw for the first time Saturday, ESPN.com reports, and manager Terry Collins thinks he might miss just the minimum amount of time.

"Is he going to come off on time?" Collins said. "History would say, yeah, probably due to the issue he had. But he may not."

Though deGrom was shut down last weekend due to rotator cuff tendinitis, this injury is clearly not considered serious at this point. He could make his return to the rotation Saturday against the Dodgers. 


Jacob deGrom to throw in 5-6 days


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom will throw in five to six days, according to MetsBlog.

deGrom is dealing with a rotator cuff issue. He hopes to miss only two starts due to the injury. Through 16 starts, deGrom posted a 2.87 ERA. 


Jacob deGrom placed on DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) The Mets have placed promising right-hander Jacob deGrom on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.

deGrom has been sensational since mid-June. He has surrendered just 12 runs in his last 59 1/3 innings pitched with 60 strikeouts. He's 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA. He has eight quality starts in his last nine outings.


Jacob deGrom getting sore shoulder checked out


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was sent back to New York to get tests on his sore right shoulder, reports ESPN.com. DeGrom said the shoulder didn't bother him during his Thursday start, but in the couple days afterward.

The 26-year-old has produced six straight quality starts while winning his last five decisions. He's 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA in 16 starts, with 94 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings.


Jacob deGrom not as dominant Thursday against Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Sizzling Mets starter Jacob deGrom cooled off a bit Thursday in Washington. But he still notched his sixth consecutive quality start.

deGrom surrendered three runs on seven hits, including a two-run homer to Ian Desmond, for a six-inning no-decision. He walked one and struck out four. He had given up just four runs in 34 2/3 previous innings.

He will seek another quality start Wednesday against the same Nationals.


Jacob deGrom wins fifth straight decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom turned in a dominant outing on Saturday, scattering two runs on four hits and one walk in 7 1/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 4-2 victory over the Giants. Of his 101 pitches, 73 were strikes.

DeGrom has won five straight decisions and has improved to 6-5 on the year, putting him over .500 for the first time this season. Over his last five stars covering 34 2/3 innings, deGrom has allowed only four earned runs. He owns a 2.77 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 15 starts (94 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Thursday at Washington.

Jacob deGrom on a 185 innings limit


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom will be shut down around 185 innings, according to ESPN.

The club hasn't decided how to handle deGrom moving forward. He may just make all his starts on regular rest until he reaches his limit, or the team will get creative and find ways to skip him during the year. deGrom has been a standout thus far, posting a 2.79 ERA over 87 innings. Including his work in the minors, deGrom has roughly 60 innings left before he reaches his limit. 


Jacob deGrom tosses scoreless outing Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom tossed a scoreless outing Sunday against the Brewers.

deGrom lasted 6 1/3 innings, giving up four hits. He struck out four and walked two during the outing. deGrom was effective during the outing, not giving up his first hit until the third inning. Aside from his final inning of work, deGrom never put more than one hitter on during a single inning. He was pulled after giving up two singles in the sixth inning. 

With the win, deGrom improved to 5-5 on the year. His next start will come against the Giants.


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.