It hasn’t taken long for evaluators to remember the talent of this young Red Sox prospect.
Jay Groome is back – and the Boston Red Sox will eventually be better off for it. Yesterday, the top pitching prospect within the organization made his second appearance since Tommy John surgery. In a playoff appearance for the Lowell Spinners, Groome twirled his longest outing of his rehab process. He went 3 IP, allowing 2 hits, 1 ER, and striking out three.
Ian Cundall of SoxProspects reported on his physical well-being and impressive velocity.
Final line for Jay Groome: 3IP, 2H, 1ER, 1BB, 3K. 7 swinging strikes, 4 w/CB, 3 w/FB. Looks in very good shape. FB 92-94 T95. Command inconsistent, but was around zone. CB 79-84 improved as game went in. More horizontal/harder early. Found more vertical shape in 2nd/3rd at 79-81.— Ian Cundall (@IanCundall) September 6, 2019
After receiving disappointing news to conclude his two previous seasons, there’s plenty to be excited about with Jay Groome. It’s quite apparent that he took his rehabilitation process incredibly seriously while flashing the intangibles that made him a tantalizing draft pick that the Boston Red Sox couldn’t pass on.
As most of the high profile pitchers within the Red Sox organization have found success in a relief role, it’s encouraging to pair Groome with Bryan Mata as the most exciting, young arms in the system. In an interview with Christopher Smith of MassLive, the prospect mentioned the difficulty and strain of the rehab process – including the importance of the day-to-day improvement.
It’s a reminder of the youth of Jay Groome and the the potential that exists. If this is the last time we see the former first round pick, there’s plenty of positives to take away – and a promising last impression of their investment.