Boston Red Sox first round pick Jason Groome is apparently close to making his professional baseball debut sooner rather than later.
According to a WEEI source, the Red Sox’ first-round pick (No. 7 overall) is tentatively scheduled to make his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Red Sox next Monday if his bullpen session goes as planned this week.
Groome has been in Fort Myers the past few weeks after signing getting on the Red Sox’ throwing program and working with the Red Sox’ staff, all leading up to making his debut. As a senior this past year at Barnegat High School in New Jersey, the tall left-hander posted a 0.77 ERA with 90 strikeouts and 15 hits allowed in 39 2/3 innings.
Groome has been an interesting part of discussion regarding Groome is some of the rhetoric circling around his social life off the field. Groome left New Jersey to pitch for a notable high school baseball academy in Florida to pitch during his junior year. He then transferred back to his hometown in New Jersey for his senior year of high school. Groome was suspended from play for much of his senior season due to the move back from Florida being ruled a violation of transfer rules.
Some that were close to the situation in Florida claimed that Groome was an outcast who failed to get along with his fellow teammates. This along with missing half of his senior season caused Groome to drop in the draft and fell right in the hands of the Red Sox. Groome’s character questions aren’t something to ignore and should be kept under thought going forward, he has all the upside in the world and could one day be the ace in the Red Sox rotation.
Groome has been compared to Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw which is a high comparison from scouts, the drafting of Groome made the trade of Anderson Espinoza to the Padres for Drew Pomeranz a lot easier for Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox front office. Either way it will be nice to get a look at what Groome can do this season to see how far out he is from making his major league debut. A time table for him could be anywhere from 2-4 years depending on how he transitions into pro-ball.