Rom, who had committed to play for the University of Michigan, was picked in the fourth round of the amateur draft at number 115 overall.
He has reported to Sarasota to begin his professional career with the Gulf Coast League Orioles.
"The best way I can explain Drew is with this simple quote, 'hard work pays off'," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Baseball Coach. "He's such an impressive kid who has left a lasting impression on so many from Fort Thomas. We had our youth camp this week and the number one question from the kids was, 'will Drew Rom be here?' He has an entire community, and region, pulling for him."
In 66.67 inning pitched during the regular season this year, Rom was 8-6 with a 2.42 ERA. He has 119 strikeouts and only 20 walks. Opponents hit just .190 against him.