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Barnegat grad Jay Groome earns promotion in Boston organization: Local minor leaguers update
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Barnegat grad Jay Groome earns promotion in Boston organization: Local minor leaguers update

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Greenville Drive pitcher Jay Groome in action vs. the Rome Braves on Aug. 5. Groome, 22, is a 2016 Barnegat High School graduate. Through Thursday, Groome was 4-8 with a 4.98 ERA between Greenville and the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs.

Jay Groome continued his upward trajectory this season within the Boston Red Sox system.

The 22-year-old 6-foot-6 left-hander was promoted from High Single-A Greenville Drive to Double-A Portland, and he impressed in his Sea Dogs debut.

Groome pitched five shutout innings Sept. 4, allowing just two hits and striking out 10. It was the first outing of the season in which the 2016 Barnegat High School graduate reached double figures in strikeouts.

Groome earned his fourth win in a month, improving to 4-8 with a 4.98 ERA between Greenville and Portland. In 18 starts with Greenville, Groome was 3-8 with a 5.29 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 81²/³ innings. In his last six starts since Aug. 5, he was 4-2 with a 5.57 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 32¹/³ innings.

Groome is expected to make his first start at home at 1 p.m. Sunday.

In 39 career minor-league starts, he was 7-17 with a 5.07 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 152²/³ innings. The Barnegat resident was drafted with the 12th overall pick by the Red Sox in 2016.

Here are updates on 11 other local players, with stats through Thursday:


RHP Mike Adams (Holy Spirit), with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies), was 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 27²/³ innings (21 appearances). In 35 games this season between Single-A and Triple-A, Adams was 2-1 with a 3.99 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 38¹/³ innings.

Adams, who turned 27 on Tuesday and from Egg Harbor Township, was signed by the Phillies in January after he impressed scouts with his 98 mph fastball during a tryout. He is a co-owner of Baseball Performance Center in Pleasantville.

RHP Joe Gatto (St. Augustine Prep), 26, with the Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers), improved to 4-2 on Sept 4, allowing a run and striking out four in three innings of relief. In 22 games with Round Rock, he had a 4.70 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 38¹/³ innings.

In 33 games this season between Double-A and Triple-A, he was 5-3 with a 3.49 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 56²/³ innings.

Gatto, from Hammonton, was selected in the second round of the 2014 draft by the Los Angeles Angels and became a free agent last Nov. 2. On Dec. 3, he signed with the Rangers.

RHP Brett Kennedy (Atlantic City), 27, with the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres), was 1-6 with an 10.35 ERA in 11 starts (13 games) and 40 innings. In 17 games this season with three minor-league teams, he was 1-8 with a 8.89 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 53²/³ innings.

The Brigantine resident was selected in the 11th round of the 2015 draft by the Padres. He went 1-6 with a 6.75 ERA in six starts for the Padres in 2018.

RHP Cody Stashak (Oakcrest), 27, has been on the Minnesota Twins’ 60-day injured list since June 25 with a left back disc injury. He is with the St. Paul Saints.

Stashak has pitched 2¹/³ shutout innings with three strikeouts in two stints this season with St. Paul.

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RHP Denny Brady (Buena Regional), 24, has been on the 7-day injured list with the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Los Angeles Angels) since June 22. Through five starts, Brady was 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA and 23 strikeouts.

He’d made 48 minor-league career appearances (28 starts) with a 4.39 ERA and 180 strikeouts in 160 innings. The Vineland resident was selected in the seventh round of the 2017 draft by the Angels.

3B Buddy Kennedy (Millville), 22, with the Amarillo Sod Poodles (Arizona Diamondbacks), was hitting .250 (52 for 208) with five doubles, a triple, 13 homers, 36 runs and 33 RBIs in 59 games. He’s been recently splitting time between second and third base.

In 89 games this season between Single-A and Double-A, he was hitting .273 (89 for 319) with 10 doubles, a triple, 18 home runs, 51 runs and 53 RBIs.

Through 297 minor-league games, he was hitting .280 with 54 doubles, 14 triples, 29 homers and 154 RBIs. Kennedy was chosen in the fifth round of the 2017 draft.

LHP Zach Warren (St. Augustine), 25, with the Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies), was 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 35 appearances, having struck out 67 in 42 innings. In his latest outing Sept. 4, he allowed a hit and struck out three in an inning of relief. In 37 games this season, including two with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, he had a 4.36 ERA in 44¹/³ innings with 69 strikeouts.

In 132 minor-league games over four seasons, Warren was 5-10 with a 3.09 ERA and 289 strikeouts in 193 innings. He was picked in the 14th round of the 2017 draft by the Phillies.

Single-A (Low)

RHP Sean Mooney (Ocean City), 23, with the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (Minnesota Twins), had made 11 appearances, including 10 starts. Mooney, in his first pro season, was 0-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 33 innings. He had not pitched since Sept. 3.

The Somers Point resident was selected in the 12th round of the 2019 draft by the Twins. He didn’t pitch in 2019 as he recovered from Tommy John surgery after a season-ending injury at St. John’s University. There was no minor-league season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He made his pro debut May 6.

Rookie League

Daniel Nunan (Ocean City) is with the ACL Angels, an Arizona Complete League affiliate of Los Angeles. In his last outing Thursday, he made his first start and allowed three unearned runs in 1²/³ innings, striking out three. Through eight appearances, Nunan was 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 13 innings.

The 21-year-old from Egg Harbor Township was selected in the 12th round of the 2018 draft. He pitched in seven games in 2019 with the ACL Angels, going 1-1 with a 6.11 ERA. There was no minor-league season in 2020 due to COVID-19.

LHP Jake McKenna (Ocean City) is with the FCL Phillies, a Florida Complex League affiliate of Philadelphia. In six games (one start), McKenna had allowed 10 runs in six innings with 12 strikeouts. He had not pitched since Aug. 27.

The 19-year-old from Cape May Court House signed a minor-league deal in June 2020.

RHP Chase Petty (Mainland Regional), 18, taken 26th overall by the Minnesota Twins in the MLB draft on July 11, made his pro debut Saturday, throwing just 13 pitches in two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out two, for the FCL Twins.

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I graduated from Rowan University in 2011 where I studied journalism. I covered local high school and college sports at the South Jersey Times and Vineland Daily Journal. I have been a sports reporter with The Press since July 2013

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