The right-hander finished his rookie campaign by earning his ninth victory on September 21st at Atlanta, fanning 10 Braves batters in 6.0 innings of work en route to a 10-2 win. It was the fourth double-digit strikeout game in the Florida native's first 22 Major League contests. Since 1990, only Hideo Nomo (9), Mark Prior (7), Kerry Wood (6), Yu Darvish (6), Masahiro Tanaka (5) and Matt Harvey (5) had more double-digit strikeout games in their first 22 outings. deGrom, who was selected by the Mets in the ninth-round of the 2010 MLB Draft, fanned a season-high 13 batters in his September 15th start against the Miami Marlins, but did not factor in the decision as the Mets lost, 6-5. deGrom fanned the first eight batters he faced in the contest to match the Major League record originally set by Jim Deshaies in 1986. On September 9th, he earned his eighth victory of the season with 8.0 shutout innings in a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rockies, fanning nine without issuing a walk in the three-hit gem. The 8.0 innings of work were a career-high. deGrom ended the 2014 season with an NL rookie-best 144 strikeouts while leading Senior Circuit freshmen with 140.1 innings of work. This is his second career Rookie of the Month Award, having won in July of this year.
Other rookies receiving votes included Arizona's Ender Inciarte (.320, 33 H, 7 2B, HR, 7 RBI) and David Peralta (.293, 12 H, HR, 4 RBI); Colorado's Tyler Matzek (2-2, 1.69 ERA, 27 SO, 26.2 IP) and Rafael Ynoa (.349, 5 R, 22 H, 10 RBI, .460 SLG); Jorge Soler (.257, 7 R, 18 H, 2 HR, 13 RBI, .457 SLG) of the Chicago Cubs; San Francisco's Joe Panik (.296, 11 R, 29 H); Philadelphia's Ken Giles (0-0, 0.82 ERA, 15 SO, 11.0 IP); Marco Gonzales (3-0, 3.09 ERA, 14 SO, 11.2 IP) of the St. Louis Cardinals; San Diego's Kevin Quackenbush (1-0, 1.64 ERA, 13 SO, 11.0 IP); and deGrom's Mets teammates Travis d'Arnaud (.313, 10 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, HR, 8 RBI, .531 SLG) and Wilmer Flores (.256, 14 R, 4 HR, 13 RBI, .477 SLG).
The National League Rookie of the Month for September, Jacob deGrom, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his performance.