Red Sox Farm System is Questionable
The Boston Red Sox farm isn’t what it used to be. A couple years ago, the system was top notch, complete with studs such as Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers. But now, it ranks as one of the worst in the MLB. This has been due to the graduation of top prospects as well as major trades.
The team has been shrouded by rumors in trades and free agency. If a big move is going to happen, the club will have to sacrifice the gems that are left. It seems a free agent signing is more likely, but nothing notable has occurred in a while. So, Red Sox fans are sitting on their hands in anticipation of a big splash. But will they get one?
President of Baseball Ops Dave Dombrowski is known to blow up the farm. The major league team is competitive, but at what cost? The Red Sox gave up a ton in the Craig Kimbrel deal, albeit him being one of the best relievers in the league. Chris Sale was an even bigger package of two top prospects. Yes, the major league team has reaped the benefits, but the uncertainty of the future lingers.
Red Sox Special Southpaw
In 2018, the Red Sox top prospect is left-hander Jason Groome. He’s a 19-year-old pitcher that has flashed dominance. The southpaw was drafted with the 12th pick in the 2016 Amateur Draft. In the past couple years, the Red Sox have hit with their picks. This past draft, Tanner Houck was taken by the team. So, the organization is rebuilding the crop of young arms.
But, Groome has flashed ace-type stuff and looks to be the cream of the crop at the moment.
Notesfromthesally.com reported: “He has everything you want in a teen arm, a quality fastball, a put away secondary pitch and a competent 3rd pitch. His athleticism and good coordination allows him to repeat his delivery and release point very well despite his length. He’ll probably be one level per season at least through A+ in order to build innings. He has #2 starter upside. The risk is high because he’s a teen pitcher in A Ball but the fact he’s already repeating mitigates some of that for me.”
It will be interesting to watch his development. The Red Sox are lacking in future talent, and a young stud like this would really help this team. It’s imperative for the club to hold onto the rest of the young assets they have. When should we expect to see him in Boston?
Jay Groome’s ETA
The Red Sox have a nice pitching staff right now. But, David Price can opt out after 2018, and Chris Sale’s going to require an extension if he’s to stay in Boston beyond 2019. And go figure, Drew Pomeranz’s contract is up after 2019 as well. So the team has uncertainty going into the next decade. With that said, Jay Groome should be up by 2020 barring no major injuries.
He projects as a top starter if his ceiling is reached. We’ll see how it all works out.