It’s been awhile since the Red Sox top prospect has been on the mound.
After undergoing the dreaded Tommy John surgery last season, Jay Groome is finally on the mend. It’s never a positive sign when any organization, or one thin on pitching prospects like the Red Sox, loses a top prospect to a serious injury. Despite the tedious rehab process, it appears that the end is near for Groome.
Jay Groome pitched live batting practice at jetBlue Park this morning.— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) August 10, 2019
Obviously, this is fantastic news for the Boston Red Sox organization. It’s been quite awhile since the club has been able to develop any internal starting pitching talent. TJ surgery is never ideal, but the young arm will have plenty of time to redevelop his arsenal and take his time before sniffing the big leagues.
At twenty one year’s old, Groome will have time to hone his stuff at the lower levels of the Red Sox organization in hopes of making a huge impact on the Major League club. While he’s already been written off, remember that Groome was in discussion for the first overall pick of the 2016 draft before switching his commitment from Vanderbilt to a junior college.
It will certainly be worth following to see how the young prospect’s velocity and overall stuff will be affected by the surgery; however he still has all of the potential that the Red Sox covet. Per SoxProspects, Groome has the ability to develop into one of the best young lefty’s in all of baseball if his arm cooperates. As always, his arsenal will need to continue to develop and mature, but don’t write off Jay Groome just yet.
It remains to be seen whether, or not, he’ll return to competition this season, but a goal of ending up in Salem by the end of next season is highly attainable. If his arm bounces back, Groome may retake the number one prospect spot from Triston Casas once again.