"It's awesome," deGrom said. "I'm honored to receive that. That's really cool that I got that."
DeGrom's July also thrust him squarely in the NL Rookie of the Year race, which now appears to be a two-player battle between him and Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton. Though the typically humble, deGrom admitted he didn't even know he was eligible for Rookie of the Year honors until recently, he hopes to give the award his best shot.
The Mets plan to limit deGrom to 185 innings this season, which should give him around eight more starts to improve his numbers. Most top ROY candidates, including Jose Abreu of the White Sox and George Springer of the Astros, play in the American League.
"I don't even know what to say," deGrom said of winning Rookie of the Month. "It makes [potentially winning Rookie of the Year] a little more real."
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.