The New York Mets suddenly have a stable of young starting pitchers. Obviously Matt Harvey hasn’t pitched this year following Tommy John Surgery, but the team has received strong performances from Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, and Zack Wheeler.
The starter that has turned the most hits this spring has surprisingly been SP Jacob deGrom.
At first glance, deGrom’s stats are somewhat deceiving, as he has a 3-5 record on the year with a 3.18 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He has even walked 28 batters through 73.2 innings of work.
If you dig a little deeper, though, deGrom has been absolutely unhittable over the last two months. In his last five starts, the rookie has amassed a 1.65 ERA to go along with an equally impressive 1.16 WHIP. He has also added 10.5 K/9 over that stretch (32.3 IP). DeGrom has truly pitched like a big league starter.
The right-hander is naturally a low-ball pitcher. He loves off his fastball, as he throws it 60.5% of the time, according to FanGraphs. DeGrom also throws a nasty slider and a changeup (83.5) that is 10 MPH slower than his heater. The rookie has proven that he isn’t afraid to attack hitters in his first season.
DeGrom is worth a look in all formats, especially in any type of dynasty format. He is only owned in 30.4 % of ESPN formats and will be a great midseason arm to find on the waiver wire.