Barnegat’s Groome Promoted to Class-A Lowell Spinners
The opening graphic as part of the carousel on the Lowell Spinners’ website this past Tuesday was a message to the Boston Red Sox’s newest first-round draft pick.
“Welcome to the Lowell Spinners Family, Jason Groome!”
That’s right, the left-handed pitcher from Barnegat has been promoted.
Groome on Saturday, Aug. 27, started on the hill for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox and had another solid performance, allowing a run on two hits while striking out five. Apparently, his progress through the Rookie League was enough to prompt Red Sox management to send Groome to Lowell, Mass., to possibly get in at least one more outing at the Short Season Class A level before the New York-Penn League season ends.
The Boston Herald reported Tuesday that Groome, because he pitched Saturday, may be available to throw again on Wednesday, Aug. 31, when the Spinners play their final home game of the season against the Hudson Valley Renegades, affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays. At the conclusion of the homestand against Hudson Valley, the Spinners had five games remaining on the regular-season schedule.
Against the Gulf Coast League Twins on Saturday, Groome gave up a game-leading single to Aaron Whitefield, who moved to third on a single off the bat of Lean Marrero and scored on a successful double steal. After striking out Jose Miranda with a runner on second, Groome struck out Gorge Munoz and Zach Featherstone with runners on second and third to end the inning.
During the bottom of the second inning, Groome fanned Tyree Davis, got John Alvarez to fly out to center field and whiffed Emmanuel Morel.
In Groome’s two starts with the Gulf Coast League Sox, he pitched four innings, allowed a run on three hits, including a double, and struck out eight batters. Groome, who was drafted 12th by the Red Sox in June’s amateur draft, turned 18 on Aug. 23. —D.B.