ATLANTA, GA. - Jacob deGrom collected his second consecutive Major League Baseball (MLB) Cy Young Award it was announced Wednesday night. deGrom received 29-of-30 first-place votes for the second straight year with the other first-place tally going to Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The former Stetson Hatter standout claims the second individual pitching award of his professional career, adding another top honor for pitchers to his trophy case already filled with three All-Star Game appearances and the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year.
Stetson is one-of-two schools that boast two alums that have won multiple Cy Young Awards with USC being the other (Tom Seaver & Randy Johnson). By comparison, the ASUN and Pac-12 are the only conferences with multiple former pitchers who have captured the honor more than once. The Pac-12 has three with Tim Lincecum (Washington) joining Seaver and Johnson.
deGrom and fellow Stetson alum Corey Kluber remain the only ASUN alums to ever win the Cy Young Award. The Cleveland Indians ace has won the American League honor twice in his career following the 2014 and 2017 seasons. Last season, Kluber finished third in the voting while 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 2019 season with an 11-8 record, 2.43 ERA with an NL-best 255 strikeouts in 204.0 innings pitched over 32 games started.
- The former Stetson star has a career ERA of 2.62, which ranks second among active players only behind Los Angeles Dodger starter Clayton Kershaw (2.44) and just ahead of Sale (3.03) in third place.
- Allowed fewer than three earned runs in 27 of his 32 starts this season, including a stretch of 17 in a row from May 22 through Aug. 23, while tossing at least 7.0 innings in 19 of those outings.
- In addition to capturing the honor for the second-straight season, he has also finished in the top-10 four times in his six-year MLB career (7th, 2015; 8th, 2017).
- deGrom becomes just the seventh National League pitcher to win back-to-back Cy Young Awards.
ABOUT THE ASUN
The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.