Up next on this season’s edition of Prospect Profiles is left-handed starter, Drew Rom! The 21-year-old took a huge signing bonus out of high school in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, foregoing his potential college career at Michigan.
PITCHING GRADES: Fastball 50 Slider 55 Changeup 50 Control 45 Overall 45
2020 Rank: 19 – 2021 Rank: 24
Rom has two seasons worth of minor league stats on the books; his numbers were strong during his time in the Gulf Coast League and Low-A Delmarva. He pitched to a 1.76 ERA in nine starts in the Gulf Coast League, despite an 0-2 record. Over 30.2 innings pitched, Rom struck out 28 batters and walked just six.
The young pitcher earned a call-up to Delmarva in 2019 and continued to excel. Rom went 6-3 over 15 starts, while recording a 2.93 ERA. He pitched just under 95.1 innings, striking out 11.5 batters per nine innings. Rom also recorded a 1.26 WHIP and came out of the bullpen six times.
That is all we have seen from Rom since being drafted by Baltimore; solid numbers from a prospect who just turned 21 years old. The big thing with Rom is that he signed an above projected $650,000 bonus out of high school, so the expectations are high.
Rom is rather tall at 6-foot-2 but could benefit from bulking up a bit, as he stands at 170 pounds. His fastball comes in around 90 miles per hour, while his nasty slurve throws hitters off, clocking in around the 70s.
Rom is projected to make it to the majors by 2023 according to MLB.com, so it is likely that Rom will pitch in Double-A Bowie this coming season. His mix of starts and bullpen appearances at Delmarva leads me to believe that Rom has potential to be a back-end rotation starter, who can also be a utility reliever when needed.
This will be a big season for Rom, as he likely jumps up to a higher level of competition and looks to prove he is worth the big signing bonus Baltimore gave him out of high school.
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