• Full name LuJames Groover III
  • Born 04/16/2002 in East Point, GA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 212 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School North Carolina State
  • Drafted in the 2nd round (48th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2023 (signed for $1,783,000).
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    School: North Carolina State Source: 4YR

    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.2
    BA Grade:50/High
    Tools:Hit: 55. Power: 55. Run: 30. Field: 40. Arm: 45.

    In his freshman year at Charlotte, Groover hit .351/.381/.489 with four home runs and 14 doubles. He transferred to North Carolina State after that and has been a reliable hitter for the Wolfpack since, culminating in a .332/.430/.546 slash line in 2023 with 13 home runs and drastically improved strikeout and walk rates. He went from a 16.1% strikeout rate in 2022 to a 9.4% rate in 2023 and upped his walk rate from 10.2% to 13%. A 6-foot-2, 212-pound third baseman, Groover is a well-rounded hitter with a sound approach, solid contact skills and quality impact which has currently been accessed mostly to the pull side in games. Despite solid raw power, Groover has mostly been a contact hitter, but scouts believe he has the strength and physical projection to tap into more power at the next level. He has standout contact skills overall, with an 85% contact rate in 2023 and a 93% in-zone contact rate. He’s a heavy footed, well below-average runner who has a suspect defensive profile. Groover played mostly first base in 2022, but he slid over to third in 2023, though scouts think he’s a below-average defender there. He’ll be drafted for his bat and could go as high as the second round to a team confident in his hit and power combination.

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  • 3B Gino Groover assigned to ACL D-backs Black from ACL D-backs Red.
  • 3B Gino Groover assigned to ACL D-backs Black from ACL D-backs Red.
  • 3B Gino Groover assigned to ACL D-backs Red.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks signed 3B Gino Groover.
  • 1B LuJames Groover III assigned to North Carolina State Wolfpack.

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