I'm telling you, Jacob deGrom is legit. With a fastball that can touch 95 or 96 on some nights, he is a serious arm. His line Thursday: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 WP.
In four starts (one rain-shortened) in the FSL: he's fanned 18 batters and walked six in 21.2 innings with a 2.08 ERA thanks to 14 hits allowed and a .177 opponents' batting average. The Mets have tended to promote pitchers after a minimum of 12 starts or so, but if deGrom adds another good start in the FSL playoffs he will only reach five or maybe six in the FSL. He'll be 25 in June 2013, so I would like to see him get a crack at double-A.
Aderlin Rodriguez played first and was 1-for-4. It was the 10th time this year, between Savannah and St. Lucie he's played first, his likely eventual defensive home.
The Gnats have lost six games in a row and 12 of their last 13.
RHP Yohan Almonte: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP