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MLB: Waiting their turn

Sunnyside's Stefen Romero will have to work his way back to the big leagues. Sunnyside's Stefen Romero will have to work his way back to the big leagues.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two top local baseball names will not be on Major League rosters when the season begins full-go on Monday.

Sunnyside High School grad Stefen Romero ('07) will start the 2015 season in Triple-A.

Romero, who played one season at Pima Community College, made the Opening Day roster for the Seattle Mariners in 2014 but this past off-season the M's bolstered their outfield talent pool by adding slugger Nelson Cruz and speed centerfielder Austin Jackson.

Cruz has averaged 29 home run over the last six seasons.

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said when a team gets good as he believes the Mariners have, it gets harder for young players to make that team.

Romero split last season between Triple-A and the Major leagues, batting just .192 in 72 games with Seattle.

Robert Refsnyder will also start the season in Triple-A.

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman feels like Refsnyder still has some work to do before his a big league ready second baseman.

Refsnyder's bat appears Major League caliber. He hit .318 last season between Double-A and Triple-A and won the organization's Player of the Year award.

He further proved he could hit by batting .364 this spring in his first big league camp.

Refsnyder will likely be the first player from the Arizona Wildcats 2012 National Championship team to reached the big leagues.

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