Stefen Romero

Stefen Romero

34-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Los Angeles Dodgers AAA
Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 2/1/2023
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers in February of 2022.
Outrighted to Triple-A
OFLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
June 27, 2022
Romero cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
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Romero was on the active roster for three days last week but didn't enter a game. The 33-year-old hasn't appeared at the big-league level since 2016, so it's no surprise to see him pass through waivers unclaimed.
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The 28-year-old began the season with the hopes of landing a spot on Seattle's Opening Day roster by working out at first base, but knee and back issues kept him out of the majors until May. While he was with the big club, he technically posted a career-best batting average. That's not saying much, though, considering he never held a clip above the Mendoza Line in the big leagues, and he still didn't solve his strikeout problems (21.1 percent). Romero absolutely mashed at Triple-A Tacoma, so there seems to still be something left in the tank, so rather than beat his head against a wall in the Mariners organization, he'll head to Japan with the hope of resurrecting his professional career overseas.
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 recent years, both in the minors and in Seattle. But in 516 Triple-A plate appearances last season, he made some strides in those departments, improving his contact rate to 82 percent and cutting his strikeout rate to 16.5 percent. He still doesn't walk much, though his 5.9 percent walk rate was his highest since 2013. Romero has good power, totaling 58 extra-base hits, including 17 homers, for a .202 ISO, and he stole 10 bags. But getting an opportunity this season to prove he can do that in Seattle will be tough. A rebuilt outfield under a new regime leaves at most one open outfield spot heading into spring training, and that's assuming Nelson Cruz is the primary DH. Romero looks ticketed for Tacoma once again.
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.
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Designated for assignment
OFLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
June 25, 2022
Romero was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Saturday.
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Contract selected by Dodgers
OFLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
June 22, 2022
Romero's contract is getting selected from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Orange County Register reports.
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Heads to MiLB camp
OFLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
April 4, 2022
The Dodgers reassigned Romero to minor-league camp Monday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Returns to MLB
OFLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
February 12, 2022
Romero signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Released by Mariners
OFFree Agent  AAA
November 18, 2016
The Mariners granted Romero his release Friday to allow him to pursue an opportunity to play in Japan.
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