Ricky Romero Named Blue Jays’ #4 Starter.
According to the Toronto Star, Cito Gaston has named Ricky Romero as the Blue Jays’ #4 in the rotation, following Roy Halladay, Jesse Litsch and David Purcey. WOOO HOOO! Finally. I am sure that Blue Jays fans have been waiting for the arrival of Ricky Romero since he was drafted in 2005. In a draft that had Justin Upton and Alex Gordon go 1-2, the Blue Jays picked Romero as the first pitcher off the board. He was sandwiched in between Ryan Braun and Troy Tulowitzki. Wow, quite some company. This was an amazing draft. The Blue Jays passed up on guys like Cameron Maybin, Jay Bruce, Jacoby Ellsbury and Colby Rasmus in favor of Romero.
To JP Riccardi’s credit, Romero was the best arm available in the draft, and what made him more inticing was that he is a south paw. However, Toronto has not had middle infield talent since Tony Fernandez and Roberto Alomar, so Tulowitzki may have been a better choice. Then again, Riccardi put a lot of stock into Russ Adams and Aaron Hill.
Neverthless, this is a huge step forward for Romero and the Blue Jays. With Adam Lind and Travis Snider having full time jobs this season, the Blue Jays are finally utilizing their once strong farm. It should be an interesting season for the young Jays and Romero.
I really hope he pans out. We need him to pan out. The ext step for the Blue Jays’ system is to give Brett Cecil a harder look and eventually have him pitching in the Majors in September. Another farm hand is Brad Mills, who is currently battling Scott Richmond for the vacant tail end of the rotation.