Q&A with Mets 2010 9th Rd Pick Jacob deGrom

With their 9th round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected Stetson University right-hander Jacob deGrom. InsidePitchMagazine.com caught up with deGrom on draft day to talk about his draft process, his experiences both on the mound and off it, what he needs to work on and much more.

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InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us, what is going through you mind right now after being selected by a team like the New York Mets?

Jacob deGrom: It's a cool feeling. I'm excited, it's every kid's dream that plays baseball to get a chance to play pro ball, and now it's come true. That's pretty much all I'm thinking about right now, just getting a chance to try to make it to the next level.

Inside Pitch: Were you surprised that it was the Mets that drafted you? Did you and the club have any discussions leading up to the draft?

deGrom: I've been talking to their area scout around Stetson; I had a meeting with him. We actually talked on Sunday night and he was saying hopefully the Mets can get me, and that was fine with me.

Inside Pitch: You were listed as a pitcher on the draft board, but also played the infield during your collegiate career. Do you have an idea of what your main role is going to be going forward?

deGrom: I'm pretty sure I'm going to just pitch. Going into this year I was expecting to just play a position, then I got moved to pitcher, which paid off I guess. It's kind of neat becoming something I'd never really been and getting a chance to get drafted without being looked at that much as a pitcher until this year.

Inside Pitch: Do you have any ideas of what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?

deGrom: No, I really don't. I really have no clue about what it's like.

Inside Pitch: How do you feel your amateur days have prepared you for the jump to professional ball?

deGrom: I'm not really sure because I haven't pitched that much. I just have to keep working on my secondary stuff, which I worked on a lot this year. In college you play like 50-60 games in three months, so I'd say that has helped me, being on the field every day. I also played summer ball, so all the experience I'd say has helped me.

Inside Pitch: What type of pitcher are you? How do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?

deGrom: I like to get ahead with the fastball and I locate pretty well. Like I said my secondary stuff is still coming along since this was the first year I pitched at this level.

Inside Pitch: Can you describe your repertoire? What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? What is your best pitch and what do you think needs the most work?

deGrom: I throw a fastball, a slider and a changeup. This year I topped out at 94 mph on my fastball, and I'm not really sure what my slider and changeup are at. I would say my changeup needs the most work, just because I really just started throwing it this year because this was my first year really pitching. I threw some in high school, so my slider is decent but it could still use some work, but it was getting better as the year went on. I'm sure the Mets organization will help me out a lot, and I'm looking forward to that.

Inside Pitch: Did you have any ideas or projections of where you may go in the draft or did you just prepare to be selected at any time?

deGrom: I had talked to a few teams; I had heard as high as the 4th round, I heard I was going to stay most likely in the top ten (rounds). Honestly, coming into this year I didn't really expect that since I was a position player, and I was just an average position player. I didn't really expect to be drafted after this year, especially not as a pitcher, but it's a pretty cool feeling.

Inside Pitch: To give our readers, and Mets fans, a better image of what you look like on the mound, is there someone at the big league level you could compare your style to?

deGrom: I haven't really thought about that. I really don't know what I look like pitching or really what my style is yet because it's kind of new to me.

Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team and your favorite player growing up?

deGrom: My favorite team was the Braves, and Chipper Jones (was my favorite player), just because of where I live. I live in DeLeon Springs (Florida) and all of my friends lived in Pierson where Chipper grew up, so he was from pretty much my hometown. I grew up being a Braves fan and liking him.

Inside Pitch: And the Mets, who are one of the Braves' biggest rivals, drafted you. Any thoughts on that?

deGrom: Yeah, I guess I'll have to stop liking the Braves. I'm going to be a Met.

Inside Pitch: What would you say was your best baseball moment by far?

deGrom: It actually happened a couple of weeks ago in the conference tournament. I hit a home run off of Chris Sale, who ended up being the 13th overall pick. That was pretty cool, hitting a home run off of a first rounder.

Inside Pitch: I'm sure you know New York is known for its high-intensity atmosphere. What do you think about the prospects of playing in New York one day?

deGrom: I think that would be cool. They have good fans up there, they always support their teams. I think it'd be really cool to play up there with a good fan base like that and have games that are normally sold out with the seats full. I think that'd be a really cool experience and hopefully I get to experience that one day.

Inside Pitch: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and get your career started immediately?

deGrom: Yeah, I'm ready to get started. I'm going to sign and get started as soon as I can.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nTo Discuss All The Draft Day Q&As, head over to the Subscribers Forum
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\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us, what is going through you mind right now after being selected by a team like the New York Mets?
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\r\nJacob deGrom: It's a cool feeling. I'm excited, it's every kid's dream that plays baseball to get a chance to play pro ball, and now it's come true. That's pretty much all I'm thinking about right now, just getting a chance to try to make it to the next level.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Were you surprised that it was the Mets that drafted you? Did you and the club have any discussions leading up to the draft?
\r\n
\r\ndeGrom: I've been talking to their area scout around Stetson; I had a meeting with him. We actually talked on Sunday night and he was saying hopefully the Mets can get me, and that was fine with me.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: You were listed as a pitcher on the draft board, but also played the infield during your collegiate career. Do you have an idea of what your main role is going to be going forward?
\r\n
\r\ndeGrom: I'm pretty sure I'm going to just pitch. Going into this year I was expecting to just play a position, then I got moved to pitcher, which paid off I guess. It's kind of neat becoming something I'd never really been and getting a chance to get drafted without being looked at that much as a pitcher until this year.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Do you have any ideas of what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?
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\r\ndeGrom: No, I really don't. I really have no clue about what it's like.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: How do you feel your amateur days have prepared you for the jump to professional ball?
\r\n
\r\ndeGrom: I'm not really sure because I haven't pitched that much. I just have to keep working on my secondary stuff, which I worked on a lot this year. In college you play like 50-60 games in three months, so I'd say that has helped me, being on the field every day. I also played summer ball, so all the experience I'd say has helped me.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: What type of pitcher are you? How do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?
\r\n
\r\ndeGrom: I like to get ahead with the fastball and I locate pretty well. Like I said my secondary stuff is still coming along since this was the first year I pitched at this level.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Can you describe your repertoire? What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? What is your best pitch and what do you think needs the most work?
\r\n
\r\ndeGrom: I throw a fastball, a slider and a changeup. This year I topped out at 94 mph on my fastball, and I'm not really sure what my slider and changeup are at. I would say my changeup needs the most work, just because I really just started throwing it this year because this was my first year really pitching. I threw some in high school, so my slider is decent but it could still use some work, but it was getting better as the year went on. I'm sure the Mets organization will help me out a lot, and I'm looking forward to that.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Did you have any ideas or projections of where you may go in the draft or did you just prepare to be selected at any time?
\r\n
\r\ndeGrom: I had talked to a few teams; I had heard as high as the 4th round, I heard I was going to stay most likely in the top ten (rounds). Honestly, coming into this year I didn't really expect that since I was a position player, and I was just an average position player. I didn't really expect to be drafted after this year, especially not as a pitcher, but it's a pretty cool feeling.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: To give our readers, and Mets fans, a better image of what you look like on the mound, is there someone at the big league level you could compare your style to?
\r\n
\r\ndeGrom: I haven't really thought about that. I really don't know what I look like pitching or really what my style is yet because it's kind of new to me.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: What was your favorite team and your favorite player growing up?
\r\n
\r\ndeGrom: My favorite team was the Braves, and Chipper Jones (was my favorite player), just because of where I live. I live in DeLeon Springs (Florida) and all of my friends lived in Pierson where Chipper grew up, so he was from pretty much my hometown. I grew up being a Braves fan and liking him.
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\r\nInside Pitch: And the Mets, who are one of the Braves' biggest rivals, drafted you. Any thoughts on that?
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\r\ndeGrom: Yeah, I guess I'll have to stop liking the Braves. I'm going to be a Met.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: What would you say was your best baseball moment by far?
\r\n
\r\ndeGrom: It actually happened a couple of weeks ago in the conference tournament. I hit a home run off of Chris Sale, who ended up being the 13th overall pick. That was pretty cool, hitting a home run off of a first rounder.
\r\n
\r\n\r\nInside Pitch: I'm sure you know New York is known for its high-intensity atmosphere. What do you think about the prospects of playing in New York one day?
\r\n
\r\ndeGrom: I think that would be cool. They have good fans up there, they always support their teams. I think it'd be really cool to play up there with a good fan base like that and have games that are normally sold out with the seats full. I think that'd be a really cool experience and hopefully I get to experience that one day.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and get your career started immediately?
\r\n
\r\ndeGrom: Yeah, I'm ready to get started. I'm going to sign and get started as soon as I can.
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