Red Sox pitching prospect Jason Groome will undergo Tommy John surgery, the team announced on Wednesday. He will undergo the procedure on May 15.
Groome has been dealing with a flexor strain in his left elbow since last August. The Red Sox selected the lefty in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2016 draft. Across 62 total innings in the minors, Groome owns a 5.37 ERA with 82 strikeouts and 34 walks.
Groome is the top pitching prospect in Boston’s system and No. 2 overall behind Michael Chavis, according to MLB Pipeline. He’s also ranked No. 85 among all prospects in baseball.
The upcoming surgery will end his 2018 campaign and will likely eat into about half of his 2019 season as well.