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Friday, March 10, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: JACOB DeGROM LOOKING LIKE OLD ACE SELF

Coming into 2017 spring training for the New York Mets involved updating the masses regarding the physical recovery of pretty much the team's entire rotation, as no less than THREE pitchers (Steven Matz, Matt Harvey, and Jacob DeGrom) were making their way back from procedures.  In the case of DeGrom, he failed to finish 2016 due to problems with the ulnar nerve in his elbow that needed to be moved surgically.  Prior to the surgery, DeGrom saw a sizable drop in velocity throughout last season and it marked the second serious surgery in his young career (a Tommy John fix was done years earlier).  So once DeGrom took the mound last week for his first spring start, many in the fantasy baseball community were watching to see where the velocity would be and if DeGrom would look like his old ace self.  It didn't take long to get an answer as DeGrom hit 97 on the radar gun in the first innings and proceeded to throw two perfect innings which included 3 strikeouts.  That velocity and dominance carried over into DeGrom's second start on Thursday as he tossed four more scoreless frames with 4 more strikeouts.  That makes it 7 strikeouts in just six innings for DeGrom who still showed his customary impeccable control and power arsenal.  So as 2017 fantasy baseball drafts continue to go on, those who had some concern about DeGrom should let that fall by the wayside.  While there is no guarantee DeGrom will make it through the season unscathed, he looks great right now and just like the fantasy baseball ace who became a top ten starter in 2015.


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