Photo: Perfect Game

17u WWBA Day 5 notes

Tournaments : : Story
Jheremy Brown        
Published: Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Editor's note: Perfect Game recognizes that there are dozens of standout performers at this year's 17u WWBA National Championship. The thoughts provided below are first-hand observations from Scouting Coordinator Jheremy Brown during the event's fifth day.

A player that was well known this spring in the Northeast, but not too well on the national scene, Jason Groome (2016, Barnegat, N.J.) has become an household names amongst colleges now after his two starts down south in the last two weeks. Standing at 6-foot-5, 180-pounds, the lefthanded Groome projects extremely well with his long, lean limbs and he is young for the 2016 class, still only 15 years old.

In the first inning Groome came out firing, working 90-92 mph with his fastball, topping 93, with only one pitch below 90, an 88 mph two-seamer. What’s even more impressive than the velocity though is the ease he is able to generate, looking as though he is playing catch on flat ground. Using his height well to create downhill plane on his fastball, Groome will be able to not only pound the lower quadrants more once he lengthens his stride, but will throw harder too. The ball comes out of his hand cleanly with no effort and cruised through his seven innings, filling up the strike zone with his fastball which sat 87-89 mph throughout with occasional run to his arm side and still bumping 90-91 when he needed it.

He was missing bat with his four-seamer in yesterday’s game as well as with his other pitches, but when the ball was put in play, the majority of them resulted in ground ball contact. Groome’s knuckle curve is his go to off-speed pitch, showing depth and bite when he stays on top, throwing the pitch between 74-77 mph. His changeup has been a developing pitch over the course of the high school season and into the summer, but he flashed a couple of them yesterday and showed fade to his arm side while maintaining his slot and arm speed, throwing it at 77 mph.




If there is one thing that T.J. Collett (2016, Terre Haute, Ind.) does on a consistent basis at Perfect Game tournaments it’s hit for power. After driving the ball out of LakePoint two days ago, Collett did it again, jumping on a pitch and sending it over the right field field at the East Cobb Complex.

A switch-hitter, John Aiello (2015, Lansdale, Pa.) dug in righthanded for his at-bats yesterday while facing Daniel Lynch, a lefthanded pitcher detailed just below. Aiello, a Wake Forrest commit, showed a smooth swing from the right side, his natural side, and hit the ball hard twice to his pull side, picking up a couple base hits.


This is Insider Level content. You must be a subscriber to read the rest. Want to read more???

Click here for subscription info!



(Already a member? Just log in at the top of the page.)
Recent Related Articles
2016 PG/MLK All-Tournament
The All-Tournament Teams from the 2016 Perfect Game MLK Championships, held January 15-18, which includes West MLK Upperclass... READ 
MLK West Upper title to Pac NW
Seattle-based Pacific Northwest Regional Baseball 2016s worked its way through a strong 32-team field with a 6-0-0 record and... READ 
Show, Padres win West MLKs
The San Diego Show (p) and the Padres Scout Team took home titles Monday at the PG MLK West Underclass Championship and the P... READ 
Most Viewed Related Articles
17u Tourney All-American Team
This week Perfect Game will unveil the inaugural 14u-17u Tournament All-American Teams for the 2015 event season. We start wi... READ 
16u Tourney All-American Team
Jayson Gonzalez enjoyed a very productive summer tournament season on his way to being named the Player of the Year at the 16... READ 
15u Tourney All-American Team
Elijah Cabell put up huge numbers all summer long on his way to being named to the inaugural 15u PG Tournament All-American T... READ 
 



Keywords in this article
       Player Profile Page    Event Page
What's Happening
About Perfect Game :: Contact us :: Site Map
Copyright 1994-2016 by Perfect Game. All rights reserved. No portion of this information may be reprinted or reproduced without the written consent of Perfect Game.