After recovering from Tommy John surgery, the former Red Sox first round pick is back on the mound.
It’s been a calendar year, but there is good news stemming from Jay Groome’s progress. The Boston Red Sox top pitching prospect returned to GCL action, throwing in game action for the first time since suffering the injury.
LHP Jay Groome, in his first game outing since spring training 2018, threw a scoreless inning with a couple strikeouts. He threw all three pitches, sitting at 93-94 mph with his fastball and topping out at 95.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) August 21, 2019
It was a couple of days ago that I had touched on the fact that Jay Groome was a forgotten prospect within the Red Sox system, but he made his long awaited season debut on Wednesday. The results were as positive as the organization could have hoped for, as Groome flashed velocity and relative dominance in one inning in the GCL.
Groome’s velocity seems to be on-par with his pre-surgery readings, which is an incredibly positive sign for his recovery. Now, the hardest part will be conditioning his elbow into repetitive in-game action. Assuming his elbow recovers well, the young Red Sox prospect should get a couple of outings before the season ends.
The emergence of Bryan Mata allowed for him to take over the reigns as the top organizational starting pitcher, but Jay Groome will challenge for that spot within a year. If all goes according to plan, the Red Sox may choose to have their young left participate in the Arizona Fall League – a chance for him to get more action against other young prospects.
While it’s just one outing, the Boston Red Sox should be encouraged by the results of their young arm as he continues his rehabilitation.