Jacob deGrom is an American-based professional baseballer; his position is of a pitcher. Jacob plays for the Texas Rangers of MLB and previously played for the New York Mets. He played college baseball at Stetson University for the Stetson Hatters.
Jacob began playing baseball as a shortstop and was later converted during his junior year at Stetson into a pitcher. In 2010, Jacob was selected by the Mets in the 9th round of the 2010 MLB draft. On 15th May 2014, Jacob made his MLB debut with the Mets. That year, he was named the National League’s Rookie of the Month 2 times and the NL Rookie of the Year. In 2018, Jacob was the NL ERA leader and won the Cy Young Award. The following year, he led the NL in strikeouts and also won the Cy Young Award for the 2nd year. In addition, in 2020, Jacob again led the NL in strikeouts. Jacob was selected as an MLB All-Star in 2015, 2018, 2019, and 2021.
Jacob deGrom Signed A Contract Deal With Texas Rangers
On Friday, 2nd December, the club announced that Jacob deGrom had signed a contract deal with the Texas Rangers. The contract is for 5 years, worth $185 million; in addition, it has a condition that in the 6th year, the amount would increase to $222 million.
Jacob, the 34-year-old in the five-year has exercised the opt-out clause and had signed a $137.5 million extension before the 2019 season. He was the highest-impact pitcher among others.
He is one of his generation’s most recognized pitchers; Jacob is also a two-time National League Cy Young Award winner. He started blooming late in the Mets but improved significantly into his early 30s. In 2018, a modern version of him was born when he increased his average fastball velocity and then used his augmented skill.
The next big question is what The New York Mets will do, as Jacob left. They have already placed veteran right-hander Justin Verlander in “front and center.” Although he will complete 40 before next season, Justin is the reigning Jacob. With Jacob off the board, Justin is the best remaining righty starter in free agency, including Left-hander Carlos Rodon, who also lurks as a top-end free agent. While other major ball clubs have approached Justin, the Mets have quickly spent some extra cash on Justin.
Jacob deGrom Early Life:
Jacob was born on 19th June 1988 in DeLand, Florida. During his school days, he played baseball and basketball teams. Jacob’s father built a batting cage in the backyard of their house for him to practice. Jacob is a fan of the Atlanta Braves.
Jacob deGrom Family Background:
Jacob was born to Tony and Tammy; Tony was an AT&T lineman, and Tammy was a customer service representative in the credit card rewards program. Jacob has two sisters named Sarah and Jessica; he is the eldest.
Jacob deGrom Education:
Jacob attended Calvary Christian Academy in Ormond Beach, Florida. Further, he enrolled at Stetson University.
Jacob deGrom Physical Stats:
Jacob stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 82 kg. Further, he has attractive hazel grey eyes and dark brown hair, which he often keeps long. Jacob has athletic physics, which enhances his tall, handsome personality.
Jacob deGrom Birth Signs:
According to Jacob’s birthdate, he falls under the zodiac Gemini and is currently 34 years old. His birth element is Air, and his birth flower is a Rose. Further, Jacob’s opposite sign is Sagittarius, and his ruling planet is Mercury.
Jacob deGrom Net Worth:
Jacob’s estimated networth should be between $10 million to $12 million. He started his professional career at a young age and has been since getting a nice amount of salary. In December 2022, he signed a five-year contract worth $185 million with the Texas Rangers, adding a good amount to his networth.
Jacob deGrom Relationship Status:
Jacob started dating Stacey shortly after graduating high school. In November 2014, they married and lived in DeLand, Florida, and the couple has a pet dog (a Morkie). In April 2016, Stacey gave birth to a son, and in February 2018, the couple’s second child, a daughter, was born.
Jacob deGrom Career:
During his senior high school years as a baseball player, Jacob was on the All-Florida second team by the Florida Sports Writers Association. In addition, he played American Legion baseball, where the coaches noticed him for Stetson Hatters, the college baseball team of Stetson University.
After high school, Jacob was unselected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft, so he enrolled at Stetson and played for the Hatters. During his first- and second-year student seasons, he was exclusively a shortstop; though Jacob was seen as a good fielder, he was a highlight with a career .263 batting average. In May 2009, Jacob made his first appearance as a pitcher. During the summer of 2009, he received an invitation from the DeLand Suns of the Florida Collegiate Summer League to play collegiate summer baseball. Still, Jacob declined as he discovered he was selected to play as a pitcher.
When Jacob returned to Stetson, the team used him as a relief pitcher, and he quickly became one of Stetson’s best pitchers; Later, the team, through the season, moved him into their starting rotation midway. Jacob also learned to throw a changeup and a slider. In that game, Jacob hit his only home run against Chris Sale and also made 12 starts for the Hatters, pitching to a 4–5 win-loss score with a 4.48 ERA.
The New York Mets selected Jacob, with the 272nd overall selection, as a pitcher in the 9th round of the 2010 MLB League Baseball draft. He signed a contract with the Mets, receiving a signing bonus of $95,000. The team assigned Jacob to the Kingsport Mets (the Rookie-level Appalachian League), where he made 6 starts; he was then diagnosed with a tear of the UCL in his pitching elbow. Jacob attempted to rehabilitate his injury for 4 months but, in October, underwent Tommy John surgery. In 2011, he did not pitch while he recovered from the surgery.
Jacob finished the year (2012) with a 2.43 ERA in 19 games started. Further, for the 2013 season, he had a combined 4.51 ERA due to a broken finger injury during the offseason. On 20th November 2013, Jacob was added by the Mets to their 40-man roster to protect him from being eligible according to the Rule 5 draft.
Jacob, during the offseason, learned to throw a curveball and also improved his mechanics. The 2014 season began with Las Vegas and recorded a 4–0 win-loss. He scored a 2.58 ERA in his first 7 games started.
On 12th May 2014, the Mets promoted Jacob to the major leagues after player Gonzalez Germen was placed on the disabled list. On 15th May, Jacob made his major league debut in Citi Field against cross-town rival New York Yankees. During the match, he faced a rookie Chase Whitley, who also made his MLB debut. Jacob pitched 7 innings, allowing only 1 run and striking out 6, but the Mets lost by recording 1–0.
Jacob, during the season, was named the NL’s Co-Player of the Week for 21st July to 27th after he allowed only 1 earned run in 2 starts that week. Further, for July, he was named the National League Rookie of the Month, and on 11th August, Jacob was placed on the disabled list.
After returning from the disabled list on 15th September 2014, Jacob faced the Marlins. He ends his season recording a 9–6, a 2.69 ERA, and 144 strikeouts. In addition, for his September performance, he collected a 2nd Rookie of the Month award.
For the week ending of June 2015, Jacob was selected as NL Co-Players of the Week. He began the 2015 season with a 2.30 ERA through the end of June. Jacob was also named to the NL roster in 2015 for the MLB All-Star Game.
In the 2015 NLDS, Jacob allowed no runs and 5 hits over 7 innings pitched with 13 strikeouts. Further, in the 2015 NLCS against the Chicago Cubs, Jacob pitched a 7-inning game, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts. Then in the 2015 World Series on 28th October, Jacob allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings. The following season, he received a Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award and was also placed 7th in Cy Young Award voting.
Jacob signed the 2016 contract worth $607,000 salary assigned to him. On 17th July at the Citizens Bank Park (in Philadelphia), Jacob pitched a shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 7 opposing batters. On 1st September, his final pitching appearance of the season came when he faced the Miami Marlins. Later, in September, Jacob underwent surgery on his ulnar nerve.
For the 2017 season, Jacob and the Mets agreed to a salary of $4.05 million. On 18th June 2017, at Citi Field, he hit his first home run against Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals. He was named NL Player of the Week for June 12–18. From 12th June until 24th July, Jacob recorded wins in 8 consecutive starts. In addition, he recorded the 1st stolen base of his career on 4th August, and since 2008, Jacob became the 1st Mets pitcher to steal a base. He finished the 2017 season with a 15-10 and a 3.53 ERA, and for the 2017 NL Cy Young Award; he finished 8th in the voting.
For the 2018 season, Jacob and the Mets agreed on a salary of $7.4 million, and on 6th May, the team placed him on the 10-day disabled list. On 2nd May, he suffered a minor injury while batting. With a 1.68 ERA, Jacob was named to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Further, on 3rd September, Jacob achieved an MLB record by completing his 25th straight start with 3 or fewer runs. He also recorded his 1,000th career strikeout on 26th September at Citi Field. He finished the season 10-9 with a 1.70 ERA and home runs per 9 innings (0.41). On 14th November, Jacob was awarded as the National League Cy Young Award winner, and then he finished 5th in the National League Most Valuable Player voting.
For the 2019 season, Jacob and the Mets agreed to a salary of $17 million, but later the two sides agreed to a 5-year contract worth $137.5 million till 2024. He began the 1st half of the 2019 season by recording a 4–7 score and a 3.27 ERA with 138 batters. Further, in 2019, he was named to the NL roster in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Jacob had a remarkable 2nd half, scoring a 7–1 record with a 1.44 ERA and 117 strikeouts. He won his 2nd straight Cy Young Award.
In the 2020 season, shortened 60-game, Jacob had 4–2 with a 2.38 ERA and led the National League in strikeouts for the 2nd consecutive season, with 104; in addition, he finished 3rd in NL Cy Young Award voting.
The 2021 season started on 23rd April 2021 against the Washington Nationals. Overall, Jacob posted a 7–2 record in 15 starts, 11 walks in 92 innings, and a 1.08 ERA with 146 strikeouts. Jacob was also a finalist for the Silver Slugger Award.
Jacob suffered a stress reaction in his right scapula during training, which resulted in him missing the start of the 2022 MLB season. He made his 2022 season debut for the team on 2nd August against the Washington Nationals, allowing 1 run and striking out 6 in 5 innings. The stat line for Jacob in 2022 was a 3.03 ERA over 11 starts, along with 102 strikeouts. After the end of the season, he decided to opt out of his contract and join a group of several other Mets players entering free agency.
Jacob deGrom Social Appearance:
On Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, Jacob has around 41K, 490, and 460 followers, respectively. He mainly posts his professional life-related pictures on these profiles.