Jay Groome GCL Red Sox (Rehab) Pitcher

Age: 21
Born: August 23, 1998
Birthplace: Toms River, NJ
Height: 6-6
Weight: 220
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 1st round, 2016 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Chipola JC commit)
High School: Barnegat (NJ)
ETA: Late 2022

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First Pro Contract: July 15, 2016 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Ray Fagnant
Signing Bonus: $3,650,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2020
MLFA Eligible: November 2022
Pro Debut: August 22, 2016 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/19): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): MiLB contract
Twitter: @jaygroome55
Instagram: @jaygroome

  Scouting Report & Links      
  Physical Description: Strong pitcher's frame. Looks the part, doesn’t have the size of a typical teenager. Durable frame and looks like someone who could one day throw 180 innings a year. Wide, mature body that looks all of his listed height and weight. Body will need maintenance and bears watching as he matures. How his body develops will depend on how much work he puts in off the field both in-season and during the offseason. Height is imposing on the mound.

Mechanics: Controlled, repeatable delivery. Loose arm. Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the third base side of the rubber from the wind-up. Free and easy arm action. Starts with his feet close together and slightly pointed towards the on-deck circle on the first-base side. Utilizes a high leg lift and gets extension over his front side. Hides the ball briefly when he brings it behind his back and then again behind his head as he comes forward. At times has trouble getting his arm in sync with the rest of his delivery. When arm is out ahead, will miss up to the glove side; when arm drags behind, tends to miss arm-side.

Fastball: Sits 91-93 mph, but will pitch in the 94-96 mph range at times. Generates easy velocity. Pitch gets on hitters quick and has life. Needs to show the ability to hold velocity deeper into games. Has the potential to sit at higher velocity as he matures. Pitch has shown swing-and-miss potential, with arm-side run at times and cut on other occasions. Potential to develop into a plus-to-better offering.

Curveball: 79-82 mph. In at least one Spring Training look was up to as high as 85 mph, and in the past has been as low as 75 mph. 1-to-7 shape. At its best, shows depth and late finish. Has advanced feel for the offering and does a good job snapping the pitch off. Can throw it for strikes or bury it down and out of the zone when looking for a swinging strike. Has the potential to be a big league-quality out pitch. Already shows plus and has the potential to become a plus-plus offering with improved consistency.

Changeup: 84-86 mph. In the past sat 80-83 mph. Clear third offering at present. Didn't throw pitch much in high school and didn't throw much in outings scouted in 2016. Incorporated the pitch more in 2017, but pitch was a work in progress as he tried to develop feel for it. At times will show average-to-better potential with late fade. At other times, will show well-below-average, coming in straight and firm and looking like a fastball he took something off of. Doesn’t throw with consistent arm speed; still developing. Solid-average potential, but will take some time to develop.
  Career Notes: Was considered by some to be the top on-field talent in the 2016 draft class, but fell due to signability and makeup concerns. Committed to Vanderbilt initially, but conflicting reports emerged saying he either decommitted the week of the draft to commit to Chipola (Fla.) Junior Colleg - potentially allowing him to re-enter draft in 2017 - or Vanderbilt pulled his offer; SoxProspects sources unanimously confirmed the latter. Transferred to IMG Academy in Florida for his junior season but returned to Barnegat High in New Jersey as a senior and was later retroactively suspended for an improper transfer, causing his team to forfeit two games. Signed for nearly $500,000 over slot. Participated in 2016 Fall Instructional League. Club reportedly was unhappy with his conditioning entering 2017 Spring Training. Suffered an intercostal strain during his first start of the 2017 season, causing him to miss two months. Was shut down in mid-August 2017 with forearm soreness. Father was arrested on drug and weapons charges during 2017 season. Worked out with Chris Sale in Ft. Myers during the 2017-18 offseason. Pulled from first spring training start in 2018, resulting in May 2018 Tommy John Surgery. Missed the 2018 season. Possible he'll to return to action sometime late in the 2019 season.

Summation: Has the potential to develop into one of the top left-handed pitching prospects in baseball, but has missed most of his first two full pro seasons and will now miss most of his third. Talent-wise, could easily be the system's top prosect, but injuries have cost him valuable reps. Projects as a solid number three starter with the ceiling of a high-end number two starter, but injury risk complicates that projection significantly. Has the build of a workhorse starting pitcher and clean, repeatable mechanics, yet will be hard-pressed to have 100 pro innings under his belt by the end of 2019. Early makings of a three-pitch mix with fastball and curveball both projecting to be at least plus offerings. Could stand to add a cutter to give hitters another look when he reaches the high minors. Has a wide range of outcomes with a significant gap between his floor and ceiling.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2014 Barnegat --- HS --- 15 6 2 --- 0.57 --- --- --- 61.1 --- --- --- --- --- 107 --- --- 15.70
  2015 IMG Academy --- HS --- 16 5 0 1.000 1.22 8 8 0 43.0 --- --- --- --- 9 81 --- 9.00 16.95
  2016 Barnegat --- HS --- 17 2 3 0.200 0.77 --- --- --- 39.2 15 --- --- --- --- 90 --- --- 20.42
  2016 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 17 0 0 --- 2.25 2 2 0 4.0 3 1 1 0 0 8 0.75 --- 18.00
  2016 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 17 0 0 --- 3.37 1 1 0 2.2 0 1 1 0 4 2 1.50 0.50 6.75
  2017 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 18 0 2 0.000 1.64 3 3 0 11.0 5 4 2 0 5 14 0.91 2.80 11.45
  2017 Greenville SAL A Bos 18 3 7 0.300 6.70 11 11 0 44.1 44 34 33 6 25 58 1.56 2.32 11.77
  2018 DNP-Injured --- --- Bos 19 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
    2019 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2019 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 20     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week (July 31 - August 6, 2017)   2017 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (July 31 - August 6, 2017)
2018 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star

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