JoJo Romero was your selection as the #10 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Romero received 125 of 304 votes (41%). Roman Quinn finished second (54, 18%), Darick Hall finished third (40, 13%), Franklyn Kilome finished fourth (21, 7%), Enyel De Los Santos finished fifth (14, 5%), and Tom Eshelman finished sixth (10, 3%). Fourteen players split the remaining 40 votes.
JoJo Romero was the Phillies fourth round pick in the 2016 draft. He signed an over slot deal and reported to Williamsport. It wasn’t until 2016 spring training that I saw him throw a couple innings at the Complex. He pitched half the season with Lakewood before a mid-season promotion to Clearwater where he made ten starts.
I saw half of his FSL starts. They included –
- his first two games where he struck out 19 Yankees and Blue Jays in 12.1 innings, allowed 4 hits and an unearned run while splitting those two games;
- a seven-inning, one-hit shutout where he threw 66% of 98 pitches for strikes;
- an 8 strike out, 6-inning game where he threw 70% of 106 pitches for strikes;
Romero allowed 8 of the 13 earned runs he gave up in just two games, and just 5 runs in his other 42.1 innings.
Across two levels he struck out 128 batters in 129.0 innings (8.9 K/9) and walked 36 (2.5 BB/9). He posted a combined ERA of 2.16 and a 1.085 WHIP.
2017 was Romero’s age 20 season. With only ten Advanced-A starts on his resume, Romero may start the 2018 season in Clearwater with an early promotion to Reading. But it is just as likely he begins the 2018 campaign in Reading.
Romero attended Yavapai College. The Phillies have found a few other players at this Arizona college. In the past decade – RHP Matt Southard (2013) and RHP Ken Giles (2011). Former Phillie Curt Schilling was drafted by the Red Sox out of Yavapai. Charley Kerfeld, Special Assistant to the General Manager, is also from Yavapai. Note: Kerfeld was drafted out of high school by the Phillies in the 24th round of the 1981 June Amateur Draft, with the third overall pick by the Mariners in the 1982 January Draft-Second Phase, and by the Astros with the fifth overall pick in the 1982 June Amateur Draft.
Next up is your selection for the #11 prospect in the organization with no new players added to the poll.
2018 Readers’ Poll, so far –
- Sixto Sanchez
- Scott Kingery
- J.P. Crawford
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Jorge Alfaro
- Adam Haseley
- Adonis Medina
- Franklyn Kilome
- Mickey Moniak
- JoJo Romero