Former CSC Pitcher Tommy Romero Makes Major League Debut With the Rays

Tommy Romero throws a pitch for Durham Bulls. (Courtesy Romero)

Tommy Romero throws a pitch for Durham Bulls. (Courtesy Romero)

By: Matt Rothman

After starting the season in the minor league, former Coral Springs Charter starting pitcher Tommy Romero made his major league debut Tuesday night for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Romero lasted only 1.2 but did record his first career strikeout against Sean Murphy. A 2015 graduate of CSC, Romero is only the second athlete to make it to the big leagues. He joins New York Mets infielder Luis Guillorme.

Romero, 24, was eligible for the Rule-5 draft but was put on the 40-man roster earlier this year. This was his second appearance after pitching 3.2 innings in his first start of the season for the Durham Bulls of AAA.

In high school, Romero recorded eight wins with the Panthers, pitching to an ERA of 3.04, and had 58 strikeouts in 76 innings.

He 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. Later, he was traded to the Rays in a deal for Denard Span and Alex Colome in 2018.

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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.