In the 2016 MLB draft, the Red Sox selected Jay Groome with the 12th overall pick. While the twenty-two-year-old had high expectations, his pro career has not gone smoothly. Despite his struggles, Groome is still the eight-best prospect in Boston’s system. In 16 starts this year, he has posted a 4.84 ERA but has been impressive in August. With the minor league season nearly over, Groome is rewarding the Red Sox’s patience.
In three starts this month, Groome has posted a 2.76 ERA. In that span, he has struck out 18 batters in 16.1 innings of work. After struggling in July, Groome is holding opponents to a .172 average and has gone at least five innings in all his starts this month. Despite having a heavier workload, Groome has been at his best in the season’s final weeks.
Additionally, the New Jersey native has shown improved control. This month he has only walked three batters and not allowed a home run in two of his three starts. Even when Groome has allowed baserunners, he has been able to pitch out of trouble. Unlike in years past, he has stayed healthy, which has been the biggest hurdle in his development.
Jay Groome in the month of August:
3 Starts – 16.1 IP
— Tyler Milliken (@tylermilliken_) August 19, 2021
Over the past two years, Boston’s farm system has been on the rise. While Groome was drafted five years ago, he has shown some encouraging signs. In 16 starts this year, he has held opponents to a .225 average which is the second-lowest mark of his career. Although the lefthander has a 5.00 ERA in five minor league seasons, he has made more than 14 starts for the first time in his pro career and pitched deeper into games.
When will Groome be in the Majors?
With the minor league season nearly over, Groome is in dominant form and living up to expectations. The Barnegat High school product is projected to make his MLB debut at some point next season. It has been a long wait for the 2016 draftee, but his arrival could be on the horizon. If he can stay healthy and improve his control, 2022 could be an unforgettable year for Groome.
-Jamie Gatlin ( JamieGatlin17 on Twitter)
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