NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom has been named the National League Rookie of the Month for July.
DeGrom went 4-1 with a 1.39 ERA for the month. He is the first Mets winner since Justin Turner in May 2011.
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DeGrom initially indicated that he did not even know such an award existed, but he was pleased to earn it. He joins Arizona's Chris Owings (April), St. Louis' Kolten Wong (May) and Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton (June) as this season's monthly winners so far.
"It's an honor," deGrom said before the Mets departed for Washington, D.C. "I've been working hard. To see it pay off is kind of nice."
Asked if he senses the chatter about potentially winning the NL Rookie of the Year award, deGrom added: "I've seen it a little bit now, and people have mentioned it a couple of times. It would be a really cool achievement to get. I didn't even know I was eligible, because I wasn't up here right away. To hear it being mentioned is a pretty cool thing."
DeGrom said he really doesn't pay much attention to the league's other rookies. He even struggled to name any.
"I don't know who they all are," deGrom said. "I know Hamilton. Who else? I honestly really haven't been paying attention to it."
DeGrom, also the reigning NL co-player of the week, is next scheduled to pitch Thursday opposite Jordan Zimmermann at Nationals Park.