Rom originally committed and signed with the University of Michigan to play baseball. He'll now have to decide whether to sign professionally with the Orioles and forego his college eligibility as a Wolverine or play two years of college baseball before trying to improve his draft stock and enter the draft again.
"The best way I can explain Drew is with this simple quote, 'hard work pays off'," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Baseball Coach. "I couldn't be more proud of Drew. Getting your name called on draft day is a dream for anyone that has ever played baseball. I am thrilled for Drew, his family and everyone who is excited to see him fulfill his dream."
For the Highlands Baseball team, Rom and company are playing their best baseball of the year.
"I like the pressure that I put on myself. It's just something that I like to go out and do every day," he told Fort Thomas Matters.
In 66.67 inning pitched, Rom is 8-6 with a 2.42 ERA. He has 119 strikeouts and only 20 walks. Opponents are hitting just .190 against him.
PHOTO: Bob Jackson. Highlands junior Drew Rom fires to the plate in the game against Beechwood in 2017. Highlands handled St. Henry, 15-1 in five innings to advance to its fifth region championship game in six years that year.