Jay Groome

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Jay Groome
Boston Red Sox
Pitcher
Born: (1998-08-23) August 23, 1998 (age 20)
Barnegat Township, New Jersey
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Jason Joseph Groome (born August 23, 1998) is an American professional baseball pitcher. He attended Barnegat High School in Barnegat Township, New Jersey, and was considered a top prospect in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft. The Boston Red Sox selected him with the 12th overall selection.

High school career[edit]

Groome began high school at Barnegat High School in Barnegat Township, New Jersey. He made the school's varsity baseball team as a freshman,[1] and as a sophomore, had a 6–2 win-loss record and 0.57 earned run average (ERA) in ​61 13 innings pitched for the school's baseball team. He transferred to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, before his junior year, and committed to attend Vanderbilt University on a college baseball scholarship.[2] Groome pitched to a 5–0 record and a 1.22 ERA with 81 strikeouts and nine walks in 43 innings as a junior.[3]

Due to feeling homesick, Groome opted to return to Barnegat for his senior year.[4] However, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association ruled that Groome was ineligible to pitch for Barnegat in April 2016 because the transfer did not involve a change of address.[5] He regained his eligibility after 30 days, or half of Barnegat's games.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Groome throws a fastball between 92–96 miles per hour (148–154 km/h), a changeup, and a curveball.[7] He was a potential first overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft,[7][8][9] and worked out for the Philadelphia Phillies, who had the first pick.[10] Prior to the 2016 draft, Groome changed his college commitment to Chipola College.[11] He was selected 12th overall by the Boston Red Sox in the 2016 MLB Draft,[12] falling in part due to a reported signing bonus demand of $4 million and because of his change in college commitment, teams felt he had maturity issues.[13] The Red Sox and Groome agreed to a $3.65 million signing bonus.[14]

Groome made two starts for the Gulf Coast Red Sox of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League before being promoted to the Lowell Spinners of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League.[15] He posted a combined 2.70 ERA in three games for the Red Sox and Spinners. He spent 2017 with both Lowell and the Greenville Drive of the Class A South Atlantic League, going 3-9 with a 5.69 ERA in 14 games between both teams.[16] Groome did not pitch in 2018 with what was thought to be a flexor strain. On May 9, the Red Sox announced Groome would undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Groome has two older sisters and two younger brothers.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barnegat Pitcher Is Groome(d) for Success – Surf City, NJ – The SandPaper". Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "Barnegat pitcher Groome transferring to Fla. prep school, commits to Vanderbilt". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "60 for '16: IMG Academy (Fla.) pitcher Jason Groome – USA Today High School Sports – USA Today High School Sports". USA Today High School Sports. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  4. ^ "Jersey Shore lefty Jason Groome, 16, already a huge talent". philly-archives. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "Jason Groome, possible No. 1 pick in MLB draft, ruled ineligible". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Stanmyre, Matthew (April 16, 2016). "Advisor to No. 1 MLB prospect Jason Groome rips NJSIAA". NJ.com. NJ Advance Media. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Draft prospects Groome, Rutherford look good at Perfect Game showcase". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  8. ^ "Local 6–5 LHP Jason Groome a possible 1st pick for Phillies". Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "Could Jersey phenom Jason Groome be No. 1 pick in MLB draft?". NJ.com. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "Ex-Phils ace speaks highly of a possible future one". philly-archives. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  11. ^ McGarry, Michael (June 8, 2016). "MLB prospect Jason Groome changes college commitment". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "Barnegat's Jason Groome taken by Red Sox with 12th pick in MLB Draft".
  13. ^ "Why is Jason Groome's stock falling as MLB Draft looms?". Asbury Park Press. June 7, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  14. ^ Speier, Alex (July 14, 2016). "Red Sox agree to terms with top draft pick Jason Groome". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  15. ^ Mastrodonato, Jason (August 30, 2016). "Red Sox first-round pick Jason Groome promoted to Lowell". Boston Herald. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  16. ^ "Jay Groome Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  17. ^ https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/red-soxs-top-pitching-prospect-jason-groome-to-undergo-tommy-john-surgery/

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