28-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
After playing 72 games for the Mariners in 2014, Romero played just 13 last year, spending all season at Triple-A Tacoma before a September callup. Contact and strikeout problems sabotaged Romero in r...
Stefen Romero Contract Information:
Romero signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan.
The Mariners granted Romero his release Friday to allow him to pursue an opportunity to play in Japan.
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Stefen Romero: MLB Games Played By Position
Stefen Romero: Minor League Games Played By Position
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2016 Stat Review for Stefen Romero As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Romero made the roster out of spring training last year and then found himself in the starting lineup in early April after Michael Saunders was injured. Romero showed good right-handed power in the minors, which the Mariners needed last season, but his struggles with contact and strikeouts at Triple-A Tacoma the past couple years came back to haunt him in Seattle. The Mariners demoted him at June's end and he bounced between Seattle and Tacoma in the second half. Romero drew a mere four walks in 190 plate appearances, striking out a quarter of the time and watching his contact rate fall to 73 percent. Unless something changes with his plate discipline, he likely will be nothing more than a fifth outfielder. And he'll have to win that job again in spring training.
The Mariners' 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, Romero was knocked off stride early last season with an oblique injury. At Triple-A Tacoma last year, he continued to show good power, as he had done the previous two years at High-A and Double-A, but his contact rate took a nosedive thanks to an increased propensity to whiff. One of the organization's top prospects, Romero has played at second base and third base, but last season spent almost all of his time in left field. He definitely has pop, though his bat likely needs more fine-tuning at Triple-A. The Mariners have some holes to fill in the outfield, but it would surprise if Romero was the answer at this point.
A 12th-round selection out of Oregon State in 2010, Romero was the organization's minor league player of the year last season. He earned promotion to Double-A Jackson after crushing the ball at High-A High Desert. He combined to hit .352 between the two stops with 64 extra-base hits, including 34 doubles and 23 home runs in 116 games. A second baseman, he can also play third base and outfield. Romero was ranked the No. 8 prospect in the organization by Baseball America. He doesn't have a shot at the making the roster this season, but he doesn't appear too far away.