Jay Groome

23-Year-Old PitcherP
Boston Red Sox AA
2022 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jay Groome in 2022. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a $3.65 million contract with the Red Sox in July of 2016.
Throws five scoreless
PBoston Red Sox  AA
April 14, 2022
Groome allowed one hit and struck out four over five scoreless innings for Double-A Portland on Wednesday.
Groome picked up where he left off for Portland at the end of 2021, as he went 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA, .211 batting-average against and 26 strikeouts over 15.2 innings (three starts) for the Sea Dogs last September. His career since being selected in the first round (12th overall) of the 2016 draft has been notable mostly for injuries, including Tommy John surgery in 2018. The left-hander threw a career-high 97.1 innings last season and is experiencing his longest stretch of health since joining professional ball. There's still time for the 23-year-old, who stands at 6-foot-6 and 262 pounds, to reclaim the promise he once had.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Groome is a high-pedigree prospect, drafted 12th overall in the 2016 draft. He signed for $3.65 million -- a franchise record for a drafted pitcher-- thanks to a combination of physical traits and unusual polish for a high-school prospect. At 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, there's no doubt that Groome has the size to make it as a starter at the big-league level. However, the southpaw has been slow to develop, mostly because he dealt with back and forearm problems before ultimately being forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in the spring of 2018. Injuries combined with the lost 2020 campaign have limited Groome to no more than 55 innings in a single season and only 66 total frames in organized ball since being drafted. Now 22, Groome was added to the 40-man roster this offseason, though he's still likely at least a year away from the big leagues as he looks to refine his repertoire and control.
He only posted a 6.70 ERA in 44.1 innings (he missed 10 weeks with a lat injury) in the Sally League, but there are scouts who covered the league who say Groome was the best pitcher they saw all season. At his best he features a mid-90s fastball and one of the best curveballs in the minors. He has struggled with his command and his changeup is still a work in progress. However, as a lefty with excellent size (6-foot-6, 220 pounds) and a couple monster pitches, his dynasty-league owners would be wise to exercise patience. His father was arrested on gun and drug charges in mid July, and Groome proceeded to post a 9.00 ERA over the following four starts, so it’s possible that he was distracted over that stretch. Without a strong support system from his family, there is an extra level of risk with Groome that is not present with most high-end pitching prospects. He ended the year on the shelf with a forearm strain, so staying healthy and building up his innings will be imperative in 2018.
Groome was selected out of Barnegat Township (N.J.) with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 draft. Some evaluators felt the left-hander was the top talent in the draft, but questions about his makeup cropped up during his senior year of high school, precipitating a draft-day slide. The Red Sox were happy to land the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Groome, whose easy delivery and preternatural curve give him a good base from which to build something special -- a potential No. 2 starter with the stuff to overshoot that projection. The fastball sits in the 93-95 mph range, topping out at 97, and could achieve greater velocity as he adds weight. At 18 years old, he already owns of one of the best curveballs in the minors, and along with his fastball he could bring two 70-grade pitches to the table as he moves up the ladder. He will work on refining his third pitch (a changeup) in the coming season. His command, which wavered during his outings in the Gulf Coast League and the one appearance at short-season Lowell, will also need to improve.
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Moved to Portland
PBoston Red Sox  AA
April 4, 2022
The Red Sox transferred Groome from Triple-A Worcester to Double-A Portland on Monday.
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Sent to Triple-A
PBoston Red Sox  AA
March 23, 2022
Groome was optioned to Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Shines in Double-A debut
PBoston Red Sox  AA
September 5, 2021
Groome was promoted to Double-A Portland and earned the win in his debut Saturday against New Hampshire, Tyler Maun of MLB.com reports. He struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed two hits over five innings.
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Tough season continues
PBoston Red Sox  AA
August 27, 2021
Groome was beaten up for eight runs (seven earned) in five innings for High-A Greenville against Hickory on Tuesday.
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Moves past injury scare
PBoston Red Sox  AA
May 26, 2021
Groome (lower leg) owns a 10.64 ERA, 2.36 WHIP and 18:10 K:BB over 11 innings in his four starts with High-A Greenville this season.
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