Boston Red Sox Select LHP Jason Groome
The Boston Red Sox used their first round selection (No. 12 overall) to draft LHP Jason Groome from Barnegat High School in Barnegat, New Jersey. He joins Mike Trout and Red Sox starter Rick Porcello as the active high school first round picks from the state of New Jersey.
This is a home run selection in my opinion. Boston gets a 17-year-old left-hander who can touch 96 mph on his fastball with a killer curveball 12th overall, after many had him as potentially the number one prospect in the entire Draft. Groome stands at 6-foot-6 and has smooth mechanics and an almost unhittable breaking ball.
Groome was 2-3 with a 0.77 ERA over 39.2 innings for his high school team recording an astonishing 90 strikeouts to just 14 walks. He possesses an incredible arm with an even higher ceiling. MLB Network analyst and former All-Star lefty Al Leiter said the 17-year-old senior has the greatest fastball/curveball combo he has ever seen from a high school pitcher. Groome has the potential to be a perennial All-Star in the major leagues.
Many had Jason Groome as the top pick after he tossed a no-hitter in April where he punched out a staggering 19 hitters. However, a few bad outings and questions about his maturity caused him to drop on draft day before Dave Dombrowski and his team pulled the trigger. Jay Groome was far and away the best player on the board and they could not bear to pass on that much potential.
This could be best case scenario for both sides as Groome falls to an organization with an excellent track record of developing young players, and also one with deep pockets that can meet his future contract demands. The left-hander is reportedly seeking $4 million and the slot value for the 12 spot is just about $3.2 million. Dave Dombrowski isn’t one to shy away from dishing out the big bucks for a player of this caliber, so the sides will likely be able to hammer out the details in a swift manner.
Groome also grew up as a Red Sox fan, so I have a hard time believing he will pass up an opportunity to pitch for his childhood team potentially alongside an idol in David Price to go pitch in junior college.
Awesome selection for the Red Sox, an organization that is in dire need for elite pitching coming through their development system. Andrew Benintendi last year, Jason Groome this year. Tip of the cap to director of amateur scouting Mike Rikard.
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