Why Jacob deGrom is the most underrated player in MLB

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Much of the news during spring training focused on the status of the many health issues that plagued the Mets in the 2016 season. One Met sidelined with an injury was Jacob deGrom who last pitched on September 1st and underwent surgery to reposition the ulnar nerve in his right elbow.

In game two of the 2017 season, Jacob deGrom and the Mets faced off against ex-Met Bartolo Colon and the Atlanta Braves. Although deGrom pitched an absolute gem in his return to the mound (6IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 6K), Colon held the Mets to one run with Jay Bruce’s home run in the fifth inning.

In 2014, deGrom was awarded MLB’s Rookie of the Year Award and went on to pitch for the National League All-Star team in 2015, retiring the side. In 2015, deGrom also came in seventh in NL Cy Young voting, just behind Madison Bumgarner. If that wasn’t enough, deGrom also has the lowest home ERA among active pitchers at 1.95 followed by Clayton Kershaw with 1.98 and Jake Arrieta with 2.20.

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