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Follow the Prospects: Seth Romero, P
« Topic Start: June 12, 2017, 09:48:57 PM »
Drafted in the first round (25th overall) of the 2017 amateur draft.

LHP

Kicked off the University of Houston Men's baseball team in May for failing a drug test, missing a curfew and getting into an altercation with a teammate.  Had been suspended the previous season after being photographed holding a bong that he claims was handed to him by a bunch of kids.

http://www.houstonpress.com/news/uh-ousts-seth-romero-from-its-baseball-team-9431443

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/cougars/article/Issues-could-drop-UH-pitcher-Seth-Romero-out-of-11116406.php

Was projected to go middle of the 1st round before his incidents.  Rated #10 among college prospects by Baseball America before the 2017 season.  Fastball in the low-mid 90's.  Led the nation in K's in 2017 before being suspended and kicked off the team.  Rated 5th best LHP and 27th best overall player in BA heading into the draft.

http://www.minorleagueball.com/2017/3/7/14783176/seth-romero-lhp-university-of-houston-2017-mlb-draft

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Romero shows viable velocity for a left-hander at 90-95 MPH, generally averaging 93. The velocity comes without a great deal of strain, he doesn’t have to push to get it, but his body is not classically projectable and further velocity increases are unlikely. That’s Ok if his secondaries work, which they do. His second pitch is an above-average slider. He has a change-up but it needs more work, though it should be average in time, giving him three major league pitches.

Romero throws quality strikes and has been adept at working all quadrants of the strike zone. His command has always been good but it has taken a further step forward in 2017. He’s maintained excellent strikeout rates throughout his college career and has stayed healthy despite concerns about his body type.

WEAKNESSES

Romero’s main weakness has been conditioning: he was somewhere between 240 and 250 pounds a year ago and the suspension last spring was reportedly related to lack of effort in maintaining his body. The suspension seemed to wake him up: he’s worked himself into much better physical condition this year and is now listed at 220. He will always have to monitor this issue but he’s shown the willingness to improve.

PROJECTION

His first three starts have gone quite well and pre-season expectations that Romero would take another step forward could be prescient. If the change-up progresses as expected and if he maintains his physical conditioning, Romero’s combination of solid stuff and sharp command will make him a first-day pick, possibly in the first round, with a chance to be a number four starter down the line.

No word of any need for TJ.