Top MLB draft prospect Jason Groome throws no-hitter with 19 strikeouts
Left-handed pitcher Jason Groome, the top prospect in this year’s MLB draft according to Baseball America, tossed a no-hitter on Monday and struck out 19 of the 21 hitters he faced.
Groome helped Barnegat High School (N.J.) to a 6–0 win over Central Regional in the school’s season opener, and threw 91 pitches over the seven-inning game in the process.
“I’m no dope. I knew what was going on,” head coach Dan McCoy said after the game, according to NJ.com. “He was at 72 pitches after six innings and I asked ‘What do you want to do?’ He said, ‘I want to finish.’ I said, ‘Well, go get them.’
Groome, a 6'4", 224-pound southpaw, touched 97 mph with his fastball and finished the game by striking out the final 11 hitters. He allowed one baserunner, on a walk, and picked him off first base moments later.
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