ATLANTA, GA. - Jacob deGrom put up historic numbers during his 2018 campaign with the New York Mets and has been voted the winner of the 2018 Major League Baseball National League Cy Young Award in recognition of his dominant status during the season. deGrom received 29 of 30 first-place votes with the other going to Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals.
The former Stetson Hatter standout claims his first individual pitching honor as a professional, adding the top honor for pitchers in the game to a trophy case filled with two All-Star Game appearances and the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year. With the Cy Young now in his cupboard, the Mets ace is just the seventh pitcher all-time to win both the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young in a career, joining greats such as Tom Seaver, Fernando Valenzuela and fellow 2018 Cy Young nominee Justin Verlander.
deGrom joins fellow Stetson alum Corey Kluber as the lone ASUN alumni to ever win the Cy Young Award. Kluber has won the American League honor twice in his career following the 2014 and 2017 seasons. The Cleveland Indians ace finished third in the voting this year, as former FGCU standout Chris Sale finished fourth in the AL voting after a big season for the Boston Red Sox, capped by a World Series title.
NL Cy Young Award Winner Jacob DeGrom Notes
- deGrom finished the 2018 season with a 10-8 record, 1.70 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 217.0 innings pitched over 32 games started
- The 10 wins by deGrom are the fewest ever for a player who won the Cy Young Award following that season
- The former Stetson star's 1.70 ERA led all MLB starters and trails only ace Grienke's 1.66 mark in 2016 for best of the decade
- Set a single-season record with 24 consecutive quality starts (6 IP, 3 ER or less) that will carry into the 2019 season
- Allowed fewer than three earned runs in 29-straight starts, an MLB single-season record that will continue into 2019
- deGrom's 269 strikeouts were second-most in the Majors this year and fourth-most in a single year by a Mets pitcher
- First-place finish marks the third top-10 result for the Hatters alum who also finished seventh in 2015 and eighth in 2017