2013 Seattle Mariners Prospect No. 9: Stefen Romero

Stefen Romero, 2B/3B/LF, Jackson Generals (AA, average age 24.3 in 2012)

6-3, 225 lbs, 24 years old

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Acquired: 2010 Amateur Draft (12th Round)

2012 Ranking: 16th

ETA: 2014

Coming into 2012 Romero was a year removed from a broken right arm that kept him from playing third base full time in 2011. Romero played third base at Oregon State but played basically only second base last year, leading to the idea that either the Mariners think that Romero can play second long-term, or that his arm injury remains an issue. Second base is bound to become a crowded position fairly soon, as Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager, Timmy Lopes, Nick Franklin, and Brad Miller all may hold some stake in the future of the position. At this point in Romero’s career though, he’s put up the kind of offensive numbers to play a corner outfield position, and may eventually find himself splitting time between left field and third base. Romero slugged .599 last year, and while there’s no doubt he was helped a bit in High Desert, his isolated power actually improved once he was promoted to Jackson. Romero ran a completely unsustainable .366 BABIP in Jackson, but he also hit 12 homeruns, 15 doubles, and four triples in only 240 plate appearances in AA. Romero can’t afford to gain much weight before he’s too big for second base, but his positional versatility means that he probably won’t have to be relegated to first base any time soon.

Potential (of 40): 32

Probability of Success (of 30): 20

Positional value (of 20): 11

Character (of 10): 10

OVERALL: 73

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  • maqman

    He’s looking good. Tacoma is going to be fat city this season. Damn I wish they would start spring training games soon so we can see who does what. Z really ended the off-season an a high note, good for him.