The Lakewood pitching staff leads both the Phillies organization and the South Atlantic League in ERA (2.82), so it stands to reason that they're producing some pretty good pitchers. Last week, Nick Fanti threw 8 2/3 innings of no-hit ball on his way to winning the league's top pitching honor. This week, it was JoJo Romero who picked up where Fanti left off, becoming the second straight Lakewood pitcher to be named Pitcher of the Week in the SAL.
Romero made just one start last week, but made it count, throwing eight innings of one-hit ball in a win over Greenville. Romero didn't allow a run in posting the longest outing of his professional career and striking out a career-high eight batters. Romero picked up the win, boosting his season record to 2-1 and lowering his ERA to 2.20 in six starts, including one complete game, for the Lakewood BlueClaws.
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In 32 2/3 innings this season, Romero has allowed just 22 hits and has walked 13 while striking out 36. Opponents are batting just .193 against him through his first six starts. Two of Romero's outings have come at home, and he hasn't allowed an earned run in 12 2/3 innings on the mound at FirstEnergy Park.
The 20-year old lefty was drafted by the Phillies in the fourth round of last year's draft out of Yavapai College in Arizona. Last season with Williamsport, Romero was 2-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 10 starts, throwing one complete game. As a professional, Romero is now 4-3 and has a 2.41 ERA in 16 minor league starts.