Jacob deGrom and Jacob deGrom's majestic hair win National League Rookie of the Year
With Matt Harvey on the shelf for the year while recovering from Tommy John surgery, the Mets needed someone to emerge in their rotation. Enter Jacob deGrom.
All deGrom did was nearly match Harvey's 2013 numbers. Just compare the two:
The only difference? While Harvey was a first-round draft pick who was ranked among the top 100 prospects by MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo, deGrom was a ninth-round selection who was ranked as the 10th-best Mets prospect by Baseball America. Oh yeah, there was one other difference:
deGrom's gorgeous flowing locks.
While I want to ask most pitchers questions about their grip, release point and their feelings on the eephus, with deGrom I mostly want to know about his shampoo and conditioner routine. I know Mr. Met agrees with me:
deGrom registered a quality start (6+ IP, 3 ER or fewer) in 17 of his 22 starts and led all rookie starters with a 2.69 ERA. The right-hander even even stepped it up a notch at the end of the year while posting a 1.34 ERA over his final five starts. This included a record-tying eight straight strikeouts to start a ballgame against the Marlins on Sept. 15:
With a healthy Matt Harvey expected to join deGrom and Zack Wheeler in the rotation, the 2015 Mets could have one of the youngest and most dominant rotations in baseball. Not to mention stylish, too:
Jacob deGrom and Juan Centeno. Rest will be on blog ... pic.twitter.com/PGQnRXEnJX- Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) September 21, 2014