MY FAVORITE METS PLAYERS - # 4: Jake deGrom by Tom Brennan
Jake was not highly heralded during his ascent to the big leagues, selected in just the 9th round in 2010, but after his green light for health following Tommy John surgery, he shot through the minor leagues and arrived with a flair in early 2014 in an interleague matchup with the Damn Yankees. Jake caught everyone's attention in that game, though losing 1-0, then had a few ups and downs in his next 6 starts. Growing pains.
Jake is a very smart individual and smart guys tend to find ways to improve. With a pretty potent line up and quality pen (two things in more limited supply in his first two years), no reason to believe 2016 won't be an astounding year for this Cy Young-capable gentleman. And some World Series wins.
As good as Harvey, Syndergaard and Matz are, deGrom could easily be best of breed in 2016. Hitters, expect to be deGrominated. Fear the Hair.
My # 4 favorite, but could easily have been my # 1. Next time, I reveal number 5.