Red Sox sign first-round draft pick Jason Groome
The Boston Red Sox have signed first-round selection Jason Groome, a 17-year-old left-handed pitcher out of Barnegat (NJ) High School, the club's first pick in the 2016 June Draft (12th overall). He is one of six signings announced today by Director of Amateur Scouting Mike Rikard.
In addition to Groome, the Red Sox announced the signings of third baseman Bobby Dalbec (4th round), right-handed pitcher Mike Shawaryn (5th round), center fielder Juan Carlos Abreu (23rd round), and right-handed pitcher Francisco Lopez Soto (25th round). The Red Sox also signed as a non-drafted free agent shortstop Ivan Houellemont out of Jose Callazo Colon High School in Juncos, Puerto Rico.
Groome, Abreu, Soto, and Houellemont have been assigned to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox. Dalbec and Shawaryn will begin their professional careers with short-season Single-A Lowell.
In all, 22 of the 40 players selected by Boston in the 2016 June Draft have been signed to contracts, including each of the club's top 10 picks and 21 of the top 26.
Groome was rated by Baseball America as the No. 3 overall prospect available in this year's draft. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound left-hander was a three-year standout at Barnegat (2013-14, 2016), posting a 0.77 ERA with 90 strikeouts and 15 hits allowed in 39.2 innings as a senior in 2016. On April 11 against Central Regional High School, Groome recorded 19 strikeouts in the first no-hitter in school history, facing the minimum number of batters in 7.0 innings. Groome helped Barnegat to its first 20-win season as a sophomore in 2014, when he went 6-2 with a 0.57 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 61.1 innings. He spent his junior season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, going 5-0 with a 0.98 ERA (6 ER/43.0 IP) and 77 strikeouts against nine walks in eight starts.