Coming up next on The Baltimore Battery Prospect Profiles Countdown is the No. 19 overall prospect in the Orioles organization, 19-year-old left-handed pitcher Drew Rom.
Rom was drafted by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB Draft out of Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. He is listed as 6’2″, 170 lbs. Here is Rom’s scouting grades:
Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45
Rom would catch the eye of many scouts during his senior year of high school, after posting a 2.42 ERA with 116 strikeouts in 60 innings played.
After being drafted by the Orioles, the Michigan commit joined the Gulf Coast League, where he went 0-2 in 10 games (nine starts) and finished with a 1.76 ERA in 30.2 innings.
In his time in Sarasota, Rom gave up 20 hits, nine runs (six earned), and six walks. What was most impressive about his tenure was that he struck out 28 batters.
Rom performed so well that he skipped over Low-A Aberdeen and would play the entire 2019 season with the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds.
Rom would continue to have success with the playoff-bound Shorebirds in 2019, finishing the year with 6-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 21 games (15 starts).
Rom would pitch 95.1 innings and help lead Delmarva to a South Atlantic League Northern Division First Half Championship. He would strikeout an impressive 122 batters, while only walking 33.
The young leftie currently has a fastball that sits around 88-91 mph, while also having an above average slider and a changeup that bottoms out as it nears the plate. The best part is that Rom throws all three pitches for strikes.
Rom will likely start the 2020 season with the High-A Frederick Keys. Being just 19 years old, 20 when the season starts, Rom has time to develop more velocity and make the necessary adjustments to consistently repeat his delivery.
Orioles GM Mike Elias will not rush Rom through the farm system because of his age. The same thing goes for the No. 2 overall prospect Grayson Rodriguez and the No. 3 overall prospect DL Hall.
With the Orioles not looking to compete until the 2022-2023 seasons at the earliest, Rom will take his time and develop into a solid leftie arm.
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