Meet The Prospects: Jason Groome
It’s not every day you find a left handed pitcher who tops out at 97 mph and commands a powerful curveball with depth. Not impressed?
This pitcher also has arm side run and a developing changeup. If your mouth isn’t already watering at the potential of this arsenal of pitches, imagine that this LHP is 6 foot 6, 220 lbs, and is only 18 years old.
No, I’m not talking about your my player in MLB The Show, I’m talking about Boston Red Sox prospect Jason Groome. Groome was drafted by the Red Sox with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, and he signed with them for $3.65 million. While he may just be a young kid in the Red Sox farm system today, keep Groome’s name in your head because it’s only a matter of time before he sees action on the big stage. Named the #2 LHP prospect (#41 overall) by MLB.com, Groome possesses all the tools a pitcher needs to excel in the future.
As was touched on previously, Groome’s arsenal of pitches is very impressive, as he commands a mid 90’s fastball that has touched 97. This, however, is not the end velocity for Groome, as his large frame has plenty of room to fill out and provide increased strength. It would not surprise me to see Groome touch triple digits in the future while sitting 93-96. In addition to a plus fastball, Groome boasts what was often called the best curveball in the 2016 MLB Draft. With power and depth, this is Groome’s best pitch and one he will use often to get guys to swing and miss. Groome is also in the process of developing a changeup, and with his height, his changeup will likely have good sinking action with arm side run. With the potential to throw three above average-pitches, Groome’s future in professional baseball looks bright.
While his minor league numbers are limited, Groome has thrown well in both the Gulf Coast League and the New York-Penn League. Over 6.2 total innings pitched Groome has allowed only 3 hits and holds a respectable 2.70 ERA. Over that span, Groome also recorded 10 strikeouts and had a WHIP of just over 1. Having walked more batters (4) than given up hits (3), Groome has shown that his stuff is more than capable of shutting down opposing teams if he controls his pitches. Control, being one of Groome’s lowest scouting grades (55), is an area in which he stands to improve. However, as a kid who entered adulthood less than a year ago, maturity will come and improvement will come with it.
There is no reason to rush Jason Groome. The Red Sox have a staggering amount of talent amongst their pitching staff, with two lefty aces already. Having top level talent in the farm system is invaluable and is something the Red Sox recently lost some of having traded infield prospect Yoan Moncada and flame-throwing right-hander Michael Kopech. However, if the Red Sox can develop Groome, we should be hearing his name a lot in the future.