Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
As New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom's hair continues to grow, so too should his legend.
deGrom tossed another gem Tuesday night consisting of seven strikeouts, one walk and one run on five hits over seven innings on the road against the Seattle Mariners.
The right-handed rookie has thrown seven frames in three straight starts and won all of them while striking out 26 batters and walking three during that span.
On the season, he's 4-5 with a 3.01 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 79 Ks in 80 2/3 innings, but he's still available in 59 percent of Yahoo leagues.
deGrom has staying power -- his fielding-independent numbers aren't much worse than his ERA (3.10 FIP, 3.37 xFIP) and his 11.1 percent swinging-strike rate is 19th best in baseball among players with at least 80 innings.
He has an above-average fastball (92-95 mph) that has been missing bats (76 percent contact rate) and his change-up has the potential to be devastating. It certainly has been his last three games.
While Jose Abreu has the AL Rookie of the Year Award locked up due to Masahiro Tanaka's injury, the NL rookie field is still wide open and deGrom may now be the frontrunner.
Fantasy owners should add the 26-year-old now. While you're perusing the waiver wire, here are three more widely available young starters who should be owned in more leagues:
Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays - Despite a first-round pedigree and tremendous results (4-2, 2.50 ERA, 48/12 K/BB in 54 innings as a starter), fantasy owners have been slow to embrace Stroman. He's still in search of a home in 71 percent of Yahoo leagues. With a 94-mph fastball, a filthy slurve and great command, what's not to like?
Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians - Bauer, a former highly touted prospect, is still trying to find his footing in the majors, but I get the sense he's close to breaking through. The right-hander still walks a lot of batters (3.19 BB/9), but he's also averaging 94 mph with his fastball and striking out 8.72 batters per nine innings. Bauer has avoided big implosions -- he's given up no more than four earned runs in any game this season -- and he's starting to get his home runs in check. After giving up nine in his first 53 1/3 innings, he's allowed just one in his last 31 1/3. Over his last four starts, Bauer has struck out 28 batters, walked eight and allowed eight earned runs in 25 2/3 innings (2.80 ERA).
Odrisamer Despaigne, San Diego Padres - Despaigne, a 27-year-old Cuban defector, had a 7.61 ERA over 23 2/3 innings with Triple-A El Paso and only earned a call-up because San Diego's rotation was decimated by injuries, but he's figured out whatever wasn't working in the PCL. In his first 34 1/3 innings, he's allowed 20 hits and has a 1.31 ERA. The right-hander gets good movement with his fastball and he's baffled hitters with his slow curve and even slower change-up. Despaigne has a bit of "El Duque" Orlando Hernandez in his leg kick and he may have Hernandez' craftiness and guile as well. In his last start, he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Mets and 105 pitches in he broke off a 66-mph eephus on a 2-2 count that Kirk Nieuwenhuis missed by about a foot.
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