Jacob deGrom Stating His Case in Las Vegas

By Satish Ram

August 19, 2013 5 Comments

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UPDATE BY Matt M., 8/19:

If Jacob deGrom was auditioning for a MLB roster spot last night with Jenrry Mejia now on the disabled list, he did a good job against the Salt Lake Bees. The right-hander didn’t factor in the decision, but took a perfect game into the sixth inning for his third straight quality start. He ended up allowing two runs on two hits, two walks, and three strikeouts in six innings pitched for the 51s.

It will be interesting to see whether or not deGrom gets a start or two at the big league level sometime this season. He would need to be added to the 40-man to do so, and he’s likely nearing an innings limit. After tossing 111.1 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, the product of Stetson University has thrown 140.2 frames in 2013 between three levels of the minor leagues. The Mets normally have an organization-wide innings limit at around 30 innings more than the prior season, and deGrom is currently sitting at that limit.

Whether he gets a chance in the majors this season or not, he’s definitely made some noise throughout the organization. Baseball America wrote an article about him being on the precipice of the major leagues, and Keith Law identified him as a sleeper on twitter:

He may be a sleeper, but his 2013 season has definitely made people associated with the Mets wake up.


If you were watching last night’s game, you saw Jenrry Mejia depart the game with discomfort in his throwing elbow — and you also saw my heart break. I’ve recently become very pleased with Mejia and have even thrown around the idea of him being part of the 2014 rotation, but I know he has to have surgery to clean up bone chips in his elbow. I hope the Mets act swiftly and try to get any and all procedures done now so he has an appropriate amount of time to rehab for next season.

For safety reasons, I do hope they shut Mejia down for the rest of the season. On many occasions, I have stated that I felt this is a lost season and the Mets should act as such — refusing to trade Byrd was a big mistake. Shutting down Mejia would jeopardize attempts to win down the line, but that’s not a high price to pay in mid-August when the team is still under .500.

The auto-pilot response to Mejia’s replacement would be Greg Burke, which would likely push Carlos Torres into the rotation for the Mets if they decide to do so. However, if they really want to start pushing this youth movement, they could DFA a guy like…well, Greg Burke off their 40-man and add one Jacob deGrom. DeGrom’s electric fastball has brought him pretty decent success this year. The numbers look a little rough, but DeGrom has turned in some spectacular performances this year, and has recently found success in Triple-A Las Vegas with two quality starts in a row — and six out of his last ten have been quality starts as well.

DeGrom can be utilized as a bullpen arm or a starter for the Mets, and I don’t mind DFAing a guy like Greg Burke because frankly, you know what you’ll be getting from him at this point. If you want to make a true step towards the future, you start shedding guys like Burke and rolling the dice on deGrom, who could be potentially better down the line. DeGrom has to be added to the 40-man this off-season anyway to be protected from the Rule V draft, so why not now?

DeGrom takes the mound for the Las Vegas 51s tonight.

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

  • 86mets

    Electric fastball? Colin McHugh had less FB, but better results vs minor league hitters b/c he knew how to utilize his secondary stuff better than DeGrom. I’m no expert and don’t get to see these guys, but there are certain things you can see in the stat lines. For DeGrom it’s clear that if he does have an “electric” fastball that he is very inconsistent with his secondary stuff and even minor league journeymen will hit good fastballs if they know that’s the only pitch he can locate or command with regularity. Bottom line is I see DeGrom as a 6th / 7th inning, RH middle reliever. He’s already 25 and at the point where most good prospects have figured out how to use their stuff to be effective starters. DeGrom is not a ML quality starter, period.

  • chago

    He is 25 but he started pitching just a few years ago he was a SS p till then so there are many younger pitchers with more experience and reps than him. This is one case I think you give a pass on the age and look towards development even though he might be past what you allow most.

  • Derek murphy

    I was really hoping DeGrom got the start even if it was just for a cple of games. It would b nice to get a look at him this year. Now is the perfect time and hes already on the 40 man so that wld have no bearing

  • DrDooby

    DeGrom probably is very close to his IP cap. Nice arm that’s already 30 IP over his 2012 IP total. Doubt he is allowee to exceed 150 IP this year by much, so I guess he only has 1 or 2 starts left.

    He’ll be added to the40-man roster this winter, of course and could either serve as rotation depth or, more likely shift to the bullpen eventually where he could emerge as a true weapon with a hard mid 90s fastball and his slider while scrapping the changeup and being able to let loose.

  • You should never scout stat lines.