JoJo Romero was your selection as the #8 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Romero received 97 of the 213 votes cast (45.54%). Enyel De Los Santos received 36 votes (16.90%), Jhailyn Ortiz received 24 votes (11.27%), and Cole Irvin received 15 votes (7.04%). Sixteen guys shared the remaining 41 votes.
JoJo Romero was the Phillies fourth round pick in the 2016 Amateur Draft out of Yavapi College (AZ). He signed an over slot deal and reported to Williamsport. I didn’t see him until a couple of innings during 2017 spring training before he was assigned to full season Lakewood. He returned to Clearwater mid-season and logged 10 starts for the Threshers.
Romero started the 2018 season in Reading where he posted a 7-6 record with a 3.80 ERA. He made 18 starts, logging 106.2 innings (4 outs short of a 6.0 inning/game average). He walked 41 (3.5 BB9) and struck out 100 (8.4 K9).
Romero went into the 2018 season having posted great numbers at his 3 stops during his first two professional seasons –
- 2016, WPT: 10 G, 2-2, 2.56 ERA, 45.2 IP, 11 BB (2.2 BB9), 31 K (6.1 K9), 1.204 WHIP
- 2017, LAK: 13 G, 5-1, 2.11 ERA, 76.2 IP, 21 BB (2.5 BB9), 79 K (9.3 K9), 1.070 WHIP
- 2017, CLR: 10 G, 5-2, 2.24 ERA, 52.1 IP, 15 BB (2.6 BB9), 49 K (8.4 K9), 1.108 WHIP
I saw half of his FSL starts. I was impressed. 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;
- 8 games where he allowed just 5 earned runs (in 42.1 innings).
- And Clearwater was his age 20 season (3.1 years younger than league average.
Romero was 3.4 years younger than league average during his age 21 season in Reading in 2018. He seemed to handle the aggressive assignment well. With all the pitchers log jammed at the top of the organization, Romero might start the 2019 season in Reading. But he looks like he could also handle an opening assignment to Lehigh Valley.
Romero attended Yavapai College. The Phillies have dipped into Yavapi several times for players. 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.
The poll for the #9 prospect will be posted in a separate thread.
Here are the complete results for the #8 poll.