Romero Gets the Call

The Toronto Blue Jays promoted left-handed pitcher Davis Romero to the major leagues Wednesday night to fill a void in their bullpen caused when Scott Scott Schoeneweis was traded earlier this week to the Cincinnati Reds for future considerations.

There was heavy speculation in December that Romero would be selected in the Rule V draft and join a clubs bullpen as a left-handed specialist. Romero was not selected in the draft and followed up with a breakout performance for Toronto.

The 23-year-old began the season in the rotation for the Fisher Cats and went 6-5 with a 2.93 ERA in 12 starts, walking 19 and fanning 70 batters over 73 2/3 innings. Romero was then promoted to Triple-A Syracuse and after a few starts, he was moved to the bullpen. Romero dominated out of the pen, posting a 4-1 record in 30 innings with a 1.50 ERA. He issued just three walks, and struck out twenty-five batters, while holding opponents to a .225 batting average against mark.

In six seasons in the Jays system entering this season, including two seasons in the Dominican Summer League, Romero was 26-16 with a 3.13 ERA.

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