Scouting Jays Prospect #3: Ricky Romero

The former first round pick missed the first month of the season due to injury and came out strong with Dunedin in May. He finished the year in Double-A New Hampshire and is ready to built off his 2006 adjustments and make the leap forward this coming year that the Blue Jays expected him to make when he was drafted two years ago.

Vital Statistics: Name: Ricky Romero
Position: Pitcher
DOB: November 6, 1984
Height: 6'1
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Left

Scouts are split on the future of Romero. Most labeled him as a No. 3 starter coming out of college, but after several years in the system, talent evaluators are beginning to think his future is more likely in the bullpen than the rotation.

"I don't see him displaying the extensive repertoire we look for in a starter," said one scout.

One former scouting coordinator continued to rave about the southpaw saying his stuff is nasty and he can handle any hitter that steps in the batters box.

One scout in the Blue Jays organization had the following to say about Romero:

"He needs a more consistent delivery which will lead to more consistent command. He also needs a cutter or a slider to attach right-hand hitters on the inner half of the plate. Without a doubt he is a huge competitor and has an outstanding makeup."

The scout went on to say Romero is a smart pitcher who studies the game carefully and will do a good job getting batters out.

Blue Jays Scouting Director Jon Lalonde focused in on Romero for the better part of 2005, and when their turn in the draft came, he was confident in selecting the southpaw. Lalonde would not give a concrete answer on how fast Romero will move in the system, but said that will be up to Romero to dictate.

Romero began the 2006 season with Single-A Dunedin and needed just 10 starts before he proved to the organization he was ready for a promotion after he went 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA and held opposing batters to a .224 batting average against mark.

The southpaw struggled slightly during his time in Double-A, but pitched much better during the second half of his stint. After going 0-4 with a 7.76 ERA over his first 6 starts with batters hitting .311 off him, Romero went 2-3 with a 2.75 ERA over his final 6 starts with batters hitting .305 off him.

Repertoire: Fastball, curveball, changeup, slider/cutter.

Fastball: His fastball, which ranges between 88-93 MPH, is fairly straight, with some late life. Romero can locate is fastball on both corners of the plate effectively and is not afraid to attach hitters on the mound.

Other Pitches: Romero's curveball clocks between 74-78 MPH and is rates as a plus pitch. His changeup is in the 80-82 MPH range with solid sink and fade, while his slider is usually 81-82 MPH, but ranks as his fourth pitch, and one he doesn't use much. Romero described his slider more as a cutter, however, talent evaluators that have seen Romero pitch all mention it as a slider. The southpaw uses his changeup effectively against right-handed batters, and relies on his curveball more when he is facing left-handed batters.

Projection: Romero is expected to be fast-tracked in the organization. The organization has some concerns regarding his fastball and they are working to get a little more movement on it. The idea that Romero is a future ace is not an idea many share. Several area scouts and scouting coordinators pegged Romero as the "safe bet" in the draft. Romero is expected to be a middle of the rotation pitcher, and not a No. 1 starter. InsideTheDome found very few talent evaluators that felt confident in labeling Romero as a future ace at this point in his career.

2007 Outlook: Romero will begin the 2007 season with New Hampshire, and could be looking at a promotion to Syracuse by July if he shows he can handle the Eastern League well.

ETA: 2008 Romero is likely to reach the big leagues next season. There's an outside change he could be a September call-up if he impresses this season and the Blue Jays are out of the playoff race.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nVital Statistics:\r\n Name: Ricky Romero
\r\n Position: Pitcher
\r\n DOB: November 6, 1984
\r\n Height: 6'1
\r\n Weight: 195
\r\n Bats: Right
\r\n Throws: Left

\r\n\r\nScouts are split on the future of Romero. Most labeled him as a No. 3 starter coming out of college, but after several years in the system, talent evaluators are beginning to think his future is more likely in the bullpen than the rotation.

\r\n\r\n\"I don't see him displaying the extensive repertoire we look for in a starter,\" said one scout.

\r\n\r\nOne former scouting coordinator continued to rave about the southpaw saying his stuff is nasty and he can handle any hitter that steps in the batters box.

\r\n\r\nOne scout in the Blue Jays organization had the following to say about Romero:

\r\n\r\n\"He needs a more consistent delivery which will lead to more consistent command. He also needs a cutter or a slider to attach right-hand hitters on the inner half of the plate. Without a doubt he is a huge competitor and has an outstanding makeup.\"

\r\n\r\nThe scout went on to say Romero is a smart pitcher who studies the game carefully and will do a good job getting batters out.

\r\n\r\nBlue Jays Scouting Director Jon Lalonde focused in on Romero for the better part of 2005, and when their turn in the draft came, he was confident in selecting the southpaw. Lalonde would not give a concrete answer on how fast Romero will move in the system, but said that will be up to Romero to dictate.

\r\nRomero began the 2006 season with Single-A Dunedin and needed just 10 starts before he proved to the organization he was ready for a promotion after he went 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA and held opposing batters to a .224 batting average against mark.

\r\nThe southpaw struggled slightly during his time in Double-A, but pitched much better during the second half of his stint. After going 0-4 with a 7.76 ERA over his first 6 starts with batters hitting .311 off him, Romero went 2-3 with a 2.75 ERA over his final 6 starts with batters hitting .305 off him.

\r\n\r\n Repertoire: Fastball, curveball, changeup, slider/cutter.

\r\n\r\n Fastball: His fastball, which ranges between 88-93 MPH, is fairly straight, with some late life. Romero can locate is fastball on both corners of the plate effectively and is not afraid to attach hitters on the mound.

\r\n\r\n Other Pitches: Romero's curveball clocks between 74-78 MPH and is rates as a plus pitch. His changeup is in the 80-82 MPH range with solid sink and fade, while his slider is usually 81-82 MPH, but ranks as his fourth pitch, and one he doesn't use much. Romero described his slider more as a cutter, however, talent evaluators that have seen Romero pitch all mention it as a slider. The southpaw uses his changeup effectively against right-handed batters, and relies on his curveball more when he is facing left-handed batters.

\r\n\r\n Projection: Romero is expected to be fast-tracked in the organization. The organization has some concerns regarding his fastball and they are working to get a little more movement on it. The idea that Romero is a future ace is not an idea many share. Several area scouts and scouting coordinators pegged Romero as the \"safe bet\" in the draft. Romero is expected to be a middle of the rotation pitcher, and not a No. 1 starter. InsideTheDome found very few talent evaluators that felt confident in labeling Romero as a future ace at this point in his career.

\r\n\r\n 2007 Outlook: Romero will begin the 2007 season with New Hampshire, and could be looking at a promotion to Syracuse by July if he shows he can handle the Eastern League well.

\r\n\r\n ETA: 2008 Romero is likely to reach the big leagues next season. 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