With the 12th overall pick, the Red Sox selected left handed pitcher Jason Groome out of Barnegat High School. So, who is he?
Jason Groome is a 17-year-old who is 6'6" and 220 pounds. In his senior year at school, Groome posted a 0.77 ERA, 90 strikeouts and only 15 hits allowed in 39.2 innings. Impressive, to say the least.
According to Baseball America, Groome was the number 3 overall prospect available in this draft, and could have possibly been selected number 1 overall. Luckily enough for the Red Sox, maturity issues and high financial demands let him sleep down to 12.
When asked about the drop to number 12, Groome said, "I always said I wanted to end up somewhere where I feel comfortable and protected. There's no better spot to do that than Boston. They're my favorite team."
With all his issues, it is still unknown whether the Red Sox will be able to sign Groome. However, GM Mike Hazen said they are hopeful and encouraged to get it done.
Groome tried to dispel the financial rumors by telling reporters, “Money doesn’t really matter to me,” he said. “I’m just happy to start the next chapter of my life, and that’s playing professional baseball. I couldn’t really ask for anything more than that.”
Red Sox fans should be very excited about the selection. Although he is still very young, Groome shows a lot of promise with his pitching abilities, and is only going to get better. The pitching in the Red Sox farm system is less than stellar, and if they are able to sign him, Groome would give the system a much needed boost.
By Matt Watts