I was looking over the top NL Rookies so far this year and it looks like Jacob deGrom is in a 2 horse race with Billy Hamilton in the National League.
It is definitely surprising anytime someone that isn't a top 100 prospect puts himself in this competition, but should people that have followed deGrom really be that surprised?
Before 2012 he only had 81 innings pitched in College as a converted Shortstop - which clearly explains his exploits at the plate so far - in his Senior Season, and only 6 innings for Kingsport before he blew out his elbow requiring Tommy John Surgery right after signing with the Mets in 2010. Once he got back on the field in 2012, he started to blow threw the farm system with a natural fastball in addition to continuing to learn how to be a pitcher.
It's funny how our best pitcher from the Mike Pelfrey era turned out to be unranked in Niese; the best from the original Mejia era turned out to be the unranked Gee; and the best from the new version of Generation K may turn out to be deGrom (don't let Matt Harvey hear that lol).
While deGrom is like Niese and Gee in that he came from relatively nowhere (to the everyday Mets fan), he has clearly set himself apart from them with his early dominance.
Considering his lack of experience, fast learning curve, and arm that has a lack of mileage on it, we may have one of the next great Met pitchers on our hands.
I'd like to keep going by making Mike Hampton comparisons at the plate, but lets stick to the pitching for now.