"It's a cool feeling", said deGrom. "It is something I have been working towards my whole life. It is a dream for every kid who plays baseball to get a shot. Hopefully I can get to the big leagues one day."
deGrom was drafted by the Mets as a pitcher after just one season on the mound. He began the 2010 season as Stetson's starting shortstop and closer. Although he was flawless early on in both of those positions, he was moved into the rotation to help the team and fill a void. He immediately became the Hatters' #1 starter.
deGrom finished the season with 17 appearances, 12 starts, 82.1 innings pitched and a 4-5 record. He led the team with a 4.48 ERA and was second in strike outs with 56 and saves with two. He showed excellent control walking just 16 batters.
"We are thrilled for Jacob. He was drafted by an excellent organization", said Stetson head coach Pete Dunn. "From speaking with the Mets' area scout we thought they might be the team to pick him. They feel he has a high ceiling as a professional, a body that can develop and a very young arm."
"He will leave a big hole for us to fill next season and he will be missed. We thought this would happen though so we have been recruiting accordingly", he added.