In just under 800 days we’ll begin seeing Boston’s future stars playing in Worcester’s Canal District at Polar Park. Even though we’re still 2 years away it’s not too early to begin learning about the Red Sox top prospects, many of whom we’ll be able to watch in person at “The Igloo”.
The first prospect we'll highlight is one who has the ceiling of being one of the top left-handed pitchers in baseball down the road, but his career has been off to a slow start due to injuries. Jay Groome was the Red Sox first round pick in the 2016 draft. He was chosen 12th overall. Scouts tout his plus fastball and curve and many believe he could eventually be a solid number two starting pitcher. He last pitched in 2017 for the Lowell Spinners (Short Season-A) and Salem (High-A). He had a 6-6 record before being sidelined with a flexor strain in his elbow.
After the 2017 season he worked out with Sox ace Chris Sale during the offseason, but started 2018 on the DL with the same injury. He underwent Tommy John Surgery last May and the earliest he is likely to return to the mound is at the end of the 2019 season, but most likely we won’t see him again until the start off the 2020 season in single-A. Depending on his progress, I don’t think we’ll see Groome in Worcester for the inaugural season, but 2022 seems like a reasonable like a possibility.
Video of Jay Groome Courtesy of Soxprospects.com
Jay Groome Pitching