Before making his first appearance in the major leagues, Jacob deGrom received a promotion Wednesday afternoon. Originally slated to be a bullpen arm, the Mets announced today that deGrom will replace Dillon Gee, who was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 11th with a strained lat, in the starting rotation.
deGrom will make his major league debut tomorrow night at Citi Field. According to Baseball Reference, this will be the first time since September 7th, 2010 that both starting pitchers will be making their major league debuts. That game in 2010 was Dillon Gee’s major league debut, when he opposed fellow rookie Yuniesky Maya of the Nationals. The Yankees Chase Witley will also be starting his first professional game on Thursday.
This will also mark the first time that the Mets will start pitchers making their Major League Debuts on consecutive nights, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Phenom RHP Rafael Montero will be making his first MLB start tonight at 7:05 on ESPN against the Yankees.
For now, the Mets will roll with 7 bullpen arms: Valverde, Farnsworth, Torres, Matsusaka, Rice, Mejia and Familia. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported earlier today that LHP Josh Edgin was on his way to New York to join the big league club. However, no corresponding move has been announced at this point.
As a Mets fan, I couldn’t be more excited for these next two days. The Mets farm system has been known for it’s starting pitching, and these games will serve as a sneak peak into the future.
The performances of deGrom and Montero over next few days could have an even greater significance as the trade deadline approaches. It’s no secret that the Mets have been in the market for a big bat, and a dominating performance by either one of these two youngsters could go a long way towards increasing their trade value. With Harvey, Syndergaard, Wheeler, Gee and Niese seemingly entrenched in the Mets future starting rotation, one if not both of these guys are seemingly on the outside looking in.
Regardless of their future as Mets, I can’t wait to see what these guys have to bring to the table. One thing that can’t be disputed: The Mets future is extremely bright.