Jacob DeGrom has been on the fringe of the major league roster for the last year now. DeGrom has dominated in the Triple-A Las Vegas rotation this season, going 4-0 with a 2.58 ERA in seven starts. DeGrom was widely expected to spend most of the year with Las Vegas due to the New York Mets having a full rotation, but the Mets are giving him an early call up today to work out of the bullpen. With DeGrom potentially making his major league debut tonight, Mets 101 will give you a Bio Blast about the young righty.
Date of Birth: June 19, 1988
Position: Starting Pitcher
Acquired: 9th Round Pick in 2010 MLB Draft (272nd Overall)
Vitals: 6'4, 180 lbs, Bats Left, Throws Right
Scouting Report: DeGrom was not expected to be a major prospect when he was drafted as a ninth round pick in 2010. DeGrom, however, has managed to develop into a quality young arm for the Mets. DeGrom's arsenal contains a two seam and four seam fastball that sit in the low 90's, and he has two off speed offerings in a changeup and a slider. DeGrom's secondary pitches have lagged behind his fastball, however, leading some to question whether his future is in the rotation or the bullpen.
Role: Like Jeurys Familia, DeGrom is expected to make his major league debut as a reliever. DeGrom will fill in for the injured Gonzalez Germen in the Mets bullpen, and he could stick with a strong initial impression. The Mets have struggled out of the bullpen this season, and the unit as a whole is in need of young power arms. DeGrom is a young power arm, and he will likely begin his big league career as a middle reliever. DeGrom could eventually graduate to a set up or closer's role in time, or he could transition back to the starting rotation if needed. Either way, DeGrom could be a very important piece for the Mets this season.
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