New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom won the National League Rookie of the Year Award this week. In the voting done by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, he took 26 of 30 first-place votes.
When you look at deGrom’s numbers, it is clear to see why he came out on top. The rookie had stats that most pitchers only dream about earning. During the 2014 season, he went 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA and 144 Ks in 140 1/3 innings pitched over 22 starts. He is the fifth National League rookie to post an ERA under 2.75 and at least one strikeout per inning pitched. Talk about Amazin!
While deGrom started in the bullpen, a side-muscle injury put Dillon Gee on the disabled list, moving deGrom to the starting rotation.
With deGrom in the rotation and Matt Harvey returning from Tommy John surgery, long-suffering Mets fans may finally have something to root for next year.