Boston Red Sox Prospect Pitching Jay Groome Ready To Pitch Again With A Start Scheduled For Monday
Jason (Jay) Groome‘s first start of the season did not go well for him or the Red Sox organization.
Groome went 1 1/3 innings while pitching for the Single-A Greenville Drive and allowed 9 runs before he was forced to leave after suffering a lat injury.
The lat injury has kept Groome in Fort Myers rehabbing the injury but now he is ready to start pitching in minor league action once again. After several outings in extended spring training Groome will start in Monday’s season opener for the short-season, Single-A Lowell Spinners.
“I’m ready to go,” Groome said at Spinners media day Friday. “I feel like myself again, so that’s all I can ask for. I just can’t wait to get out there and finally play a real game.”
Groome was the Red Sox’ No. 12 overall pick in last year’s draft out of Barnegat High School in New Jersey.
His plan on Monday?
Attacking the hitters.
“Him having a plan is huge ‘cause you can tell when he does have a plan. Obviously, when he is mowing guys down there is a reason why,” said Spinners’ manager Iggy Suarez.
Having a plan when he pitches is something that sets Groome apart at his young age according to Lowell catcher Nick Sciortino.
“Every time he gets on the mound he knows what he is doing. He goes up there executes every pitch, he works hard and he has a plan,” Sciortino said, who was also a catcher at Boston College. “A lot of those young kids know their good and their stuffs good, so they just out there and ride it out. He knows what he’s doing every pitch. He knows what he wants to throw. It’s impressive to watch him go about his business at such a young age and have such a good feel.”
The Spinners pitching coach Lance Carter sees Groome as being way beyond his age in the way he prepares for games. Things he usually has to teach to young pitchers.
“Coming in he is a lot more advanced in terms of some of that stuff than some guys at his age,” Carter said. “[Most young guys] throw as hard as they can. They don’t pitch. Jason pitches. It’s refreshing. I look forward to seeing his growth.”
“It’s just a matter of mentally preparing for hitters. Pitching against the hitters, watching what they can and what they can’t do,” Suarez added. “He’s got the velocity and at some point that’s not going to matter. As you move up hitters are better. The veteran hitters will set their timing for that.”
Groome will likely stay in Lowell till he gets his bearings and then get sent back up to High-A ball in Salem.