It is no secret to anybody who follows this site that Alexander Romero is a big-time prospect within the Twins organization. In fact, his work on the field this season for Double-A New Britain has garnered him even more accolades as the season is coming to a close.
On Saturday, Romero finished second in the Eastern League Rookie of the Year race, and was named to the post-season All Star Team. The lefty hitting outfielder was the only Rock Cat to be named to the team, as he has led them during the entire season.
For Romero, who is currently TwinCitiesDugout.com's number one outfield prospect, it was a year where he saw his power numbers go up considerably. As of August 27, the slugging left-fielder was batting .301, but his 14 home runs matched his career total coming into the 2005 season.
On the season, Romero ranks ninth in the Eastern League in average (.301), is second in hits (142), is ninth in RBI (74), and ninth in total bases with 218. This while playing for a New Britain team that has struggled through most of the season, before coming alive as of late.
Romero also was recognized for his contributions earlier in the year. He was picked to play on the Northern Division team in the Eastern League All-Star Game, and was also named Eastern League Player of the Week for the week ending July 17.
Coming into the 2005 season, Romero was a .308 career lifetime hitter, and was a Gulf Coast League post-season All-Star selection in 2002. He also was named Twins' Minor League Player of the Month in July of that year, after posting a .380 batting average.
Baseball America ranked Romero their 26th ranked player in the organization this season, and he has seen his stock rise tremendously since then. He silenced their thoughts of him having no power this season, and should be ranked within the top ten next year. A rare blend of power, average, and a good eye at the plate, Romero should be slated for his Major League debut sometime in the 2006 season.
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