Many of us are familiar with the Mets stud pitcher Jacob deGrom. For such a young player, deGrom’s name has been flying around the MLB for quite a while now. He’s put up numbers that make you want to take a look at his success in high school and college, but what you may find is not exactly conceivable.
Jacob deGrom played college ball for Stetson University, and was looked at by many major league teams. Although, he was not a pitcher. Yes, you heard that correctly. Jacob deGrom played infield most of his college career. It was his junior year when he stepped up to the mound to throw for Stetson, who needed the extra arm. Clearly, he threw very well, opening the eyes of professional scouts. He was later drafted in the 9th round of the 2010 amateur draft by the New York Mets.
His first year with the Mets was the 2014 season, where he went 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA, 140 IP, and 144 K’s. Last season, he went 14-8 with a 2.54 ERA, 191 IP, and 205 K’s.
Also during last season, he made his first ASG appearance. He pitched one inning, striking out the side on 10 pitches. All I know is that if I were a hitter, Jacob deGrom is one of the last pitchers I’d want to face.
The Mets also had a powerful postseason run in 2015, losing to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. deGrom pitched 4 games, with a 3-1 record, 2.88 ERA, 25 IP, and 29 K’s.
Through Jacob deGrom’s young and successful career, we get an idea of the numbers he will produce in the years to come. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest pitchers in the game, and will be a Hall of Famer if he keeps playing the way he is.