By: Matt Rothman
Former Coral Springs Charter graduate Tommy Romero was officially added to the Tampa Bay Rays 40-man roster.
Romero, 24, was eligible for the Rule-5 draft, but the Rays decided to promote their young pitcher and keep him from being selected.
A 2015 graduate, Romero recorded eight wins with the Panthers, pitching to an ERA of 3.04, and had 58 strikeouts in 76 innings.
Former Head Coach Mike Higgins says Romero was the best pitcher he had the honor of coaching at the high school level.
“Tommy has all the tools needed to make it in the big leagues,” said Coach Higgins. “He is very even keel at all times and never lets his emotions affect his performance.”
Romero then pitched at Eastern Florida for two years in college and was selected in the 15th round of the 2017 MLB draft by the Seattle Mariners. After being traded to the Rays, he returned to Florida in a deal for Denard Span and Alex Colome.
In four minor league seasons, Romero went 37-11 and is currently the 18th prospect in the Rays system after being named the Florida State League 2019 Pitcher of the Year.
While the MLB is currently in a lockout, if they are to start the season this spring, Romero has a chance of making the big league roster at some point in the 2022 season. He joins a team that reached the World Series in 2020 and has been in the postseason the last three years.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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