- At MiLB.com, David Driver did a piece on RHP Jacob deGrom, before he was promoted to AAA. deGrom has a few things going for him: a long, lean pitcher's frame, and a power sinker that's regularly 92-95, and can touch 96 mph. His slider and his changeup remain inconsistent. His AAA debut was ok, but he dealt with 10 baserunners in 5.2 innings: 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. deGrom put together his best three starts of the year immediately before his promotion: 18.1 IP, 18 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 HR, 6 BB, 16 K - 2.45 ERA. That's a good run, but hardly dominant.
A friend suggested that the Mets would hurt deGrom by moving him to AAA too soon. I do not buy it. His fastball will give him a chance, although his shaky secondary pitches will make life a constant adventure. If nothing else, the move to AAA will force him to focus on his slider and change.
Moreover, deGrom was the best choice among selection of Binghamton starters simply because he has the best fastball. The alternative choices were LHP Mark Cohoon, RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Cory Mazzoni and RHP Logan Verrett. Goeddel has been pitching better recently too, but I would like to see him consolidate his gains in AA. Mazzoni has been fine, but hardly pitching like he merited a promotion yet.