Top MLB draft prospect Jason Groome scheduled to return Wednesday

Top MLB draft prospect Jason Groome scheduled to return Wednesday

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Top MLB draft prospect Jason Groome scheduled to return Wednesday

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Barnegat senior left-hander Jason Groome will start Wednesday against Manchester, Barnegat coach Dan McCoy said via text Mondday

Barnegat senior left-hander Jason Groome will start Wednesday against Manchester, Barnegat coach Dan McCoy said via text Monday. (Photo: Asbury Park Press)

Barnegat (N.J.) standout senior left-hander Jason Groome will start Wednesday when the Bengals will host Manchester in a Shore Conference Class B South game, Barnegat coach Dan McCoy said via text Monday morning.

Groome has been ineligible since April 14 for a violation of the NJSIAA’s transfer rule when he moved back to Barnegat from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. last September. 

He did not have a bona-fide change of address when he transferred back to Barnegat from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla last September. The transfer rule states under those circumstances a student-athlete must sit either 30 days or half their team’s games, whichever comes first. Barnegat had to forfeit games Groome pitched in against Point Pleasant Boro on April 5 and Central on April 11. Wednesday is the first day Groome is eligible because Barnegat will be past the halfway point of its schedule.

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Groome, who could be the No. 1 pick in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies on June 9 , pitched a no-hitter and struck out 19 and faced the minimum 21 batters in a no-hitter against Central and pitched four-plus innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts against Point Boro. He struck out 29, walked one, hit a batter and allowed one hit in 11 innings in those two starts.

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Barnegat (5-6) has gone 4-2 in the six games it has played in Groom’e absence and has gone 1-1 in games he was scheduled to start. The Bengals’ final game without Groome is today against Point Boro.

NJ Advance Media was the first to report the story.

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