Q&A with Nick Romero

Nick Romero is a rare commodity indeed. He's a switch-hitting shortstop for Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, California, with power from both sides of the plate and is considered one of the nation's top prospects entering the 2005 MLB Draft.

Romero, who also plays third base, is quite the two-sport athlete in the San Diego area. A First-Team All League quarterback for Eastlake, Romero is a slick-fielding shortstop/third baseman that hit .395 with six homeruns as a junior last season and was named an AFLAC All-American as one of the country's top rising seniors. Despite committing to San Diego State University, Romero is projected to be drafted in one of the top three rounds in next June's MLB Draft.

Nick Romero sat down with Scout.com for a Q&A session.

Other than baseball, what do you do in your free time?
Well, I play football for my high school team, and that takes up most of my time right now.

Is football something that you are planning on continuing with?
No, I will be done with it after high school, and focus on baseball.

You play both third base and shortstop right now, however which position do you see yourself playing in the future?
I see myself as a shortstop.

Why shortstop?
Well I like playing it more, and it is more of the leadership position on the field. I feel I am capable of playing it, and I believe I have the range to be successful at it.

How did you get into switch hitting?
My dad got me started on it when I was around eight, but I didn't really start hitting from the left side till I was twelve.

What is your outlook for your senior season?
Obviously we want to win CIS, but all I can do is go on the field, and do whatever I can do to make my team win.

What college will you be attending in 2005?
I will be attending San Diego State.

Why did you pick San Diego State?
I have a big support system down here, basically my whole family lives here, and San Diego State was the one school that always watched me, and they made me feel the most comfortable.

Do you have a favorite Major League baseball player?
My favorite player is Khalil Greene.

Why is he your favorite?
He goes out - gets the job done, and just plays every day.

What is the biggest strength of your game?
My defense ability is a huge asset to my game as well as my hitting.

What aspect of your game are you working on the most right now?
Right now it would be my speed. Nobody is perfect, and there are always things you look to do to improve your game here and there.

How did you begin playing baseball?
I started playing little league when I was eight, but I always played catch with my dad even before that period, He always had me involved in baseball and watching games, so I grew up with it.

What is your outlook for the 2005 draft?
I like to go to college, but if the opportunity is there I will take it. Right now however, I am just thinking about college and not worrying about the draft.

What is your most memorable baseball moment?
Playing in the AFLAC All-American Classic is definitely one of my most memorable moments. The whole week we were treated like professionals and it was awesome feeling.

Does playing in those showcases get you nervous at all?
I used to get nervous, but right now I really don't think about it much more. I don't worry myself over who is in the stands and who is watching and I am just worried about my game.

Who has been the biggest influence in your baseball career?
My dad without a doubt. He basically has been my coach my whole life, and made me strive, and accomplish things I never even thought of doing.

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