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Mariners Hot Prospects: Stefen Romero

Stefen Romero


This guy is Stefen Romero. He is in the Mariners organization. He hits the ball fairly hard, some might say with ‘pop’, and he is on the cusp of playing for the big squad in Seattle after having spent this last season in Triple-A Tacoma.

His name is Stefen Romero, and he is a Mariners hot prospect.

I like Romero and the pop he has off the bat, but a question that needs to be asked right now by the Mariners organization is whether or not they are willing to give up these hot prospects for proven major leaguers. (As evidenced last offseason, GM Jack Z was willing to giver Arizona everything and the kitchen sink for Justin Upton… I am glad he didn’t end up in Seattle).

So with this need for starting outfielders with right-handed power, what do the M’s do with Romero? It is risky to think he can be a steady producer for an already young team in 2014, and we really just don’t know what he is made of yet. For him to be a positive contributor to next season’s potential success is too much to seriously consider right now.

What then, do the M’s do with Romero? He is really at his highest sell ceiling, and I think he could be a piece in a trade that nets the Mariners their much-needed offensively inclined right-handed outfielder.

Let’s look at Romero’s numbers first:

His triple slash this season in Tacoma was .277/.331/.448 with 11 home runs, 74 RBIs, 23 doubles and 4 triples. His walks were a little low and his strikeouts a little high (typical for someone with his kind of power). He played in 93 games.

This offseason he is down in the Arizona Fall League, and really hasn’t done too much in his 17 games, posting a .186/.262/.271 with one home run, 5 RBIs, with 4 walks and 18 strikeouts. Not all that impressive.

However, as Dan Hughes mentioned in this Saturday’s new roundup, Romero cranked 2 home runs in 2 at-bats during the Fall League stars game. That got people’s attention quite a bit, and at this juncture in his development this is the best time to sell high.

And I think the Mariners should pull the trigger on trading Romero. If I could have it my way, I would love to see him be a part of a package that would bring Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo to Seattle.

With infield and outfield experience, Romero would provide good depth for the LA Angels of Anaheim in their farm system while the Mariners get their hands on a centerfielder and a power corner outfield righty who can also play first base in Trumbo. Granted, such a trade would have to include someone like James Paxton or Erasmo Ramirez.

But a prospect like Romero gives the Mariners the opportunity to pay with potential for guys who have the experience and the body of work to perform consistently for the M’s. The young talent is present and ready to emerge in Seattle, but a few effective veterans in key positions would prove monumental.

And those kind of guys can be had this offseason as long as Jack Z is willing to part ways with a hot prospect like Stefen Romero.

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  • maqman

    A trade with Romero and James Paxton or Erasmo Ramirez won’t bring Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo to Seattle, maybe one of them at best. Prospect=Suspect

    • CharlieSpencer-Davis

      I know it would require a lot more than that, but it’d be a good place to start. What do you think the M’s would be willing to give up for a Bourjos/Trumbo trade?

      • maqman

        First I doubt they will surrender the two of them to a division rival, plus although Trumbo has power which is a rapidly diminishing resource in MLB since the roid tests started, I don’t see 1B as a big hole with Smoak and I believe Morales being resigned. It would probably take K-Pax and a Romero or a Capps type piece for Bourjos. If the Ms see Trumbo as an OF piece his power probably trumps Bourjos defense and the Angels will expect a correspondingly higher return. They could throw in Franklin as the Halos are supposedly trying to trade Kendrick, although Romero was signed as a 2B so Franklin might be redundant. I’d throw in Maurer but he’s not looking very valuable at this point. Almonte might be a fit for them. Aoki from the Brewers or Span from the Nats might work out better. The M’s should sign Vargas which helps them and hurts the Angels.

        • CharlieSpencer-Davis

          You make a lot of really good points here. You really do think the M’s will resign Morales? Also I hadn’t considered the M’s signing Vargas to bring him back to Seattle. That sounds like something someone should call GM Z about

          • maqman

            I’m sure Z has gamed that and every other possibility we might think of but denying your competition a resource at the same time you increase your own is bonus factor. I think they should go after Bartolo Colon too, he’s worth £10 million for one season and it insures he doesn’t go back to the A’s. Additionally I think Z is going to try and build a club with more emphasis on defense and base running, defensive shifts and small ball. The Pirates have shown the way after the Rays started it and I think he gets it now from some comments he has made.

          • CharlieSpencer-Davis

            I like that a lot. I hope you’re right and Z is looking to take this team in a more stable, foundational direction.