Jason Groome Lowell Spinners  |  Pitcher


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Age: 18
Born: August 23, 1998
Barnegat Township, NJ
Height: 6-6
Weight: 220
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 1st round, 2016
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Barnegat (NJ)
ETA: 2020

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Physical Description: Strong pitcherís frame. Looks the part, doesnít have the size of a typical teenager. Durable frame and looks like someone who could one day throw 200 innings a year. Wide, mature body that looks all of his listed height and weight. Could be heavier than listed. Body will need maintenance and bears watching as he matures. How his body develops will depend in 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 and when arm drags behind tends to miss arm side.

Fastball: 90-93 mph. Has reportedly topped out at 97 mph, but SoxProspects staff has only seen 94 mph in game action. 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 add velocity as he matures and ramp up and down within outings if the situation calls for it. Pitch has shown swing-and-miss potential already, with arm-side run at times and cut on other occasions. Potential to develop into a plus-to-better offering.

Curveball: 75-79 mph. 1-to-7 shape and 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 down and out of the zone when looking for a swing and miss. 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. ESPNís Keith Law called the pitch the best curve in the 2016 draft.

Changeup: 81-83 mph. Clear third offering at present. Didnít throw much in high school and didnít throw much in outings scouted in 2016. Doesnít throw with consistent arm speed. At its best, shows late downward action. Above-average potential, but will take some time to develop.

Career Notes: Was considered by some to be the top talent in the 2016 draft class.  Reportedly fell due to signability and makeup concerns.  Committed to Vanderbilt initially. Conflicting reports came out about whether he decommitted the week of the draft to commit to Chipola (Fla.) Junior College (potentially allowing him to re-enter draft in 2017) or whether Vanderbilt pulled his offer, with SoxProspects sources unanimously confirming the latter story. 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 just under $500,000 over slot. Participated in 2016 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: Has the potential to develop into one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. Projects as a solid number two or high-end number three starter. Has the ceiling of a top of the rotation starter.  Has the build of a workhorse starting pitcher and clean, repeatable mechanics to be able to sustain 200 plus innings a year. 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.

  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 --- --- ---
  2015 IMG Academy --- HS --- 16 5 0 1.000 1.22 8 8 0 43.0 --- --- --- --- 9 81 --- --- ---
  2016 Barnegat --- HS --- 17 2 3 0.250 0.77 --- --- --- 39.2 15 --- --- --- --- 90 --- --- ---
  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 --- 3.37 1 1 0 2.2 0 1 1 0 4 2 1.50 0.50 6.75
  Additional Player Info  
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First Pro Contract:
July 15, 2016 (Bos)
Signing Bonus: $3,650,000
MiLB Debut: August 22, 2016 (GCL)
MLFA Eligible: November 2022
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2020
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
MLB Service Time (through 2016):
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2017): MiLB contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
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