June 23, 2021

Let’s Talk About Robert Broom (Baseball Essential)


As the different online outlets continue to release their organizational top prospect lists, some names tend to slip under the radar. The Cleveland Indians have some exceptionally young and exciting relievers in their farm system, including James Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase. This makes it easy to forget about Robert Broom, a 23-year-old righty who was drafted in the 10th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft out of Mercer. After being drafted in 2018, he threw 5.1 innings in Rookie Ball, striking out nine to no walks while posting a 1.69 ERA and 0.70 FIP despite a .455 BABIP. He also posted a 90.9 ground-ball percentage.

While these impressive numbers should be taken with a grain of salt based on level and sample size, Broom pitched nearly as well after promotion to Class A. Over 23 innings to finish the 2018 season, he posted a 1.17 ERA and a 2.44 FIP with an 11.74 K/9 compared to a 3.91 BB/9. He didn’t allow a single home run throughout the entire season.

Despite these solid results, Broom wasn’t even mentioned among the top 50 prospects in the Indians system. He began 2019 in Class A Advanced and picked up right where he left off, pitching 24.2 innings of 0.36…

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