Splitsville: Alexander Romero v1.1

"Splitsville" is a series of articles on the Minnesota Twins' prospects that we'll be doing throughout their minor league careers. In version one/chapter one (v1.1) of Alexander Romero, we'll look how he's doing at home versus the road, how he's hitting in the clutch, and more while playing for the New Britain Rock Cats.

Hit The Road Jack: Romero has been a terror on the road, posting a .307 batting average. A .266 hitter at home, Romero feasts on the home team's pitcher, hitting seven of his 12 home runs. Of his 58 road hits, 24 have gone for extra-bases, and he has seven of his nine stolen bases. In 52 road games, he has scored 27 times.

Heating Up: Romero has gotten better as the season has worn on. Despite batting .266 and .198 respectively in April and May, Romero has turned his season around in June and July. He is batting .356 in July, after batting .342 in June. He has hit eight of his 12 home runs in the summer months, and has driven in 40 of his 57 RBI.

Kill Righty! Romero, who bats from the left-side, has eaten up right-handed pitching this season. Opposed to his .239 average against lefties, Romero is batting .312 against righties, and has hit 11 of his 12 home runs. He has driven in 45 runs against righties, and 33 extra-base hits. He will need to learn to hit lefties if he is going to be successful in the big leagues.

Tough In The Clutch: Romero is the guy you want at the plate with a chance to drive in a run. With the bases loaded, he is batting .667, and with runners in scoring position, he is batting .330. With two outs and runners in scoring position, he is batting .354, and with any runner on, he is batting .335. For a 21-year old outfielder, those numbers really stand out. If he continues to hit in the clutch, no-one is going to mind if he can't hit lefties.

Leave Him In Left: Trying to move Romero around the field doesn't agree with Alex's statistics. As the leftfielder, his normal position, Romero is batting .309. It is where he is most comfortable, and where he does his best work. As a centerfielder, Romero is batting only .198 in 37 plate appearances, and is hitless as either the rightfielder or the designated hitter.

More Than One: Romero is a multi-hit machine, wrapping two or more hits in 29 of his 99 games this season. Always a threat to produce, Romero is more comfortable when he gets base-hits in his first at-bat. Pitchers should never let him settle in, as he has gone for three or more hits ten times.


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