6. Jacob deGrom
If there is one rotation to watch this year, it is that of the New York Mets. Not only does this squad have strikeout potential, but they keep their ERA’s down with excellent variation moving to off-speed pitches.
One guy who exemplifies this is Jacob deGrom. Last season, the 6’4″ hurler out of Stetson was 14-8 with over 200 strikeouts and a 2.54 ERA. DeGrom was best during the dog days of summer last year. He held opponents to .157 and .151 batting averages in June and July and on top of that struck out 37 in 37.1 innings pitched and 28 in 27 innings pitched during those months.
DeGrom is part of a young, talented Mets rotation that also includes Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, and Steven Matz. Right now his name may fly under the radar due to a lack of hardware, but if the Mets continue what they started last season, expect people to start knowing the names of the starters in New York much better after the season rolls around.