2015 Stats: 30 Games, 191 innings, 14-8, 2.54 ERA, 0.979 WHIP, 205 SO
2015 Postseason: 4 Games, 25 innings, 3-1, 2.88 ERA, 1.160 WHIP, 29 SO
The elite ace of the Mets pitching staff, taken in the ninth round of the 2010 draft out of Stetson University actually began his college career as a shortstop. Luckily for the Mets and their fans, he was convinced to make the switch to starting pitcher. After Tommy John surgery in October of 2010 he busted into the Major Leagues in 2014 and surprisingly won the NL Rookie of the Year honors.
He continued to excel in 2015, making his first All-Star game appearance. deGrom casually struck out the side on 10 pitches. Equipped with a full repertoire of plus pitches. He can locate both his four-seam and two-seam fastball to both sides of the plate, uses his sinker down in the zone and has excellent off-speed pitches that he can throw for strikes. deGrom also has the intangible ability to stay calm in the toughest of situations and an infectious sense of humor that keeps the entire team relaxed. Both the tangible and intangible were on full display in the 2015 postseason. DeGrom pitched one of the most dominant games in Mets history as well as one of the guttiest. In Game 1 of the 2015 NLDS he matched up against the perennial Cy Young contender, Clayton Kershaw. The Mets ace struck out 13 in seven scoreless innings. In the winner-take-all game 5 of that same series, deGrom gave up 2 first-inning runs and admittedly had little control of his fastball. He didn’t give up another run, battling and scrapping his way through 6 innings. The Mets won that game and the series 3-2.
DeGrom earned $556,875 in 2015, not including his World Series share of $566,888. His 2016 salary will be similar to that number as he is still fully under team control. He is not arbitration eligible until 2018.
TRADEABLE! He is perhaps one of the most tradable player in all of baseball. If the Mets lost their minds and decided to trade deGrom they could get just about anything they want.
The sky…. Seriously. He’s going to pitch over 200 innings, his arm strength is up, he’s not going to experience that late season performance blip, he will have a better lineup supporting him from day 1 and he’s in his physical prime. A strong Cy Young campaign is on the horizon. He’s already proved he can be better than Kershaw. I pity these NL hitters.