AROUND THE FARM: ROMERO
In today’s look “Around the Farm” we take a look at Ricky Romero of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
After suffering through injuries this season, was on the DL from May 3rd until June 25 with a shoulder injury, Romero has turned it up a notch lately.
In each of his last three starts the 22-year old from Los Angeles, CA has pitched seven innings. In his most recent outing on August 2nd at Harrisburg, Romero allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out eight in 7.1 shutout innings and collected his first win of the season
Overall on the season Romero is 1-5 with a 4.27 ERA in 12 starts for the Fisher Cats. He also made one start for the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays and did not factor in the decision.
Ricardo Romero Jr. was drafted by the Blue Jays with the sixth overall selection in the 2005 draft out of Cal-State Fullerton. Romero was given the largest signing bonus in club history when he signed on June 16, 2005 for 2,400,000 dollars.
The 6’1″ left-hander led Cal-Sate Fullerton to the 2004 College World Series Title and was named to the College World Series All-Tournament team. In 2005 Romero collected 13 wins and was the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year.
He made his professional debut with Auburn of the New York Penn League on July 26, 2005 tossing two scoreless innings. Romero was promoted to Single-A Dunedin where he made eight starts compiling a record of 1-0 and a 3.82 ERA in 30.2 innings pitched.
Romero was ranked the Blue Jays #3 Prospect by Baseball America entering the 2007 season. After splitting the 2006 season between Dunedin (2-1, 2.47) and New Hampshire (2-7, 5.08) many expected him to make it to Syracuse before the end of this season.
Time is running out on a trip to Syracuse this year but if he can stay healthy he should be in line for a spot in the Syracuse rotation to start next season.
For more on Ricky Romero you can read his journal from this season featured on milb.com and you can even send him an email.