So earlier yesterday, it was reported by some local media members that the Red Sox's first round pick in this year's draft, Jason Groome, was in Boston to take a physical. After a few hours, it was confirmed by Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports that the No. 12 overall pick would be signing with the Red Sox for $3.65 million.
Groome, who grew up in New Jersey, had been a lifelong Red Sox fan, but had some off-field issues that made him drop from being a consensus first overall pick. Because of the drop, it also meant that Groome would not be getting as much money upon signing with a team. It was being reported that Groome was not willing to take anything less than $4 million. Fortunately, the Red Sox and Groome were able to meet in the middle and strike a deal.
Many consider Groome the best prospect in this year's draft class, saying that he is the most complete pitcher drafted since Clayton Kershaw. Groome has a devastating curveball and a mid-to-upper 90s fastball. It is not out of the realm of possibility to think that Groome could be close to major league-ready in two or three years.
In my opinion, this news is intertwined with the Drew Pomeranz-For-Anderson Espinoza exchange. Espinoza was the top rated pitching prospect in Boston's farm system and if the Red Sox were not able to sign Groome, I do not believe that the Pomeranz trade happens. Groome is now likely to be rated as the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox farm system and could be a budding superstar in the next couple of years if (and that is a big if) Boston can develop a top-end of the rotation arm. The Red Sox have had issues developing pitching talent, but some prospects can excel in spit of an organization, and I think Groome could be one of those players if he keeps his head on straight.