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Law: Jacob deGrom could be # 2 starter

By Danny Abriano

Jacob deGrom, the newly minted National League Rookie of the Month for July, has been tremendous since his major league debut in mid-May.

Aug 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

While deGrom was a bit overlooked with prospects Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard in the same rotation in Triple-A Las Vegas, the fact that he’s performed this well shouldn’t be that much of a surprise.

DeGrom was a late convert to pitcher, went through Tommy John surgery, and was likely saving his best for when he reached the majors.

What deGrom’s doing isn’t the result of luck. The stuff is there.

The result?

A 26-year-old with a 2.77 ERA and 1.22 WHIP who has struck out 90 batters over his first 94.1 innings in the big leagues.

Keith Law of ESPN feels deGrom could settle in as a # 2 starter, saying Tuesday that deGrom is a “great athlete” who “just kept getting better off surgery.”

If deGrom does settle in as a # 2 starter, that would give the Mets four top-of-the-rotation types heading into 2015 with deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Noah Syndergaard.

While the Mets look to continue making strides in 2014, peeking at their potential rotation for 2015 and beyond is tantalizing – and lots of that has to do with the emergence of deGrom.