TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tacoma Rainiers manager John Stearns said Wednesday he wanted to speak to Arizona Wildcats Baseball coach Andy Lopez about why he didn't recruit Stefen Romero out of Sunnyside High School ('07).
A player in the Rainiers dugout than promptly retorted that Padres manager Pat Murphy, then the head coach at Arizona State, slept on scouting Romero too.
Romero walked on to the baseball team at Pima College as a freshman in the Fall of 2008. Slightly less than five years later he is one phone call away from Major League Baseball.
Stefen doubled and drove in a run Wednesday night to continue a red hot July in which he has hit in all 10 games and driven in 13 runs. Seven of those runs came in his homecoming this week to Tucson, including a grand slam on Monday night in front of over 50 friends and family.
For the first time in his career he has battled injuries this season (oblique and wrist) but still Romero has managed to hit .299 with six home runs and 50 RBI in 63 games.
He's a career .314 professional hitter who Stearns says "bat plays".
That's code for Romero can hit. He's not getting to the big leagues with his defense, speed, or ability to field the baseball. He'll get the big leagues because of his ability to hit the baseball and he's done it at every level.
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