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Jacob deGrom named NL Rookie of the Month for September

By Danny Abriano
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Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was named the National League Rookie of the Month for September.

deGrom, 26, went 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings pitched over four starts in September, while striking out 38 and walking six.

During his start on September 15 at Citi Field, deGrom tied the modern major league record when he struck out the first eight batters he faced.

Overall in 2014, deGrom posted a 2.69 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 140.1 innings pitched, while striking out 9.24 per 9.

The National League Rookie of the Year award, with deGrom the heavy favorite, will be announced in early-November.

Thoughts:

Some have spoken of a potential regression for Jacob deGrom in 2015, but his peripherals and advanced statistics show that his performance in 2014 was no fluke. As an example, deGrom’s FIP (2.67) was lower than his ERA (2.69).

Come November, the Rookie of the Year hardware should rightfully be awarded to deGrom.

According to most, deGrom’s closest competitor for Rookie of the Year is Billy Hamilton of Cincinnati, whose offensive performance tailed off in a big way during the second half of the season.

While Hamilton is an elite defensive center fielder, his offensive game simply wasn’t up to par in 2014. Hamilton posted a triple slash of .250/.292/.355, while putting up a caught-stealing rate that was so poor it erased the good from his 56 steals.

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