What a High A debut for Clearwater Threshers Jo Jo Romero Sunday at Spectrum Field. Though the Threshers lost 3-0 to the Tampa Yankees, Romero did everything he could to keep them in the game. He struck out ten in 6.1 innings. The only run scored off him was on an infield error by struggling third baseman Jan Hernandez in the fifth inning.
Nine of Romero’s strikeouts were on swinging strike “threes”. He left with a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning after 95 pitches. His fastball was sitting at 91-92 and he was locating his off speed pitchers. Watch his ten strike “threes” HERE.
He now has struck out ten in two of his last three starts. He struck out ten in his next to last start for Lakewood.
Romero was a fourth round Phillies draft pick out of Yavapai College in 2016. He will turn 21 on September 9th.
The other player who stood out for the Threshers was first baseman Wilson Garcia. He was ejected from Saturday’s night game for arguing a call by the same umpire who was behind the plate on Sunday.
Wilson came out ready to hit and blasted a long ball that just missed going out to right leading off the second inning. The ball hit off the wall and Garcia wound up at third with his first triple of the season. Even with no outs in the inning the Threshers were unable to score him or anyone else in the game.
Garcia continues to hit in July with a triple and single Sunday. He ended June hitting .284 with 6 homers and 21 RBIs for the month. He is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise limited Threshers offense.
The Threshers need Romero to continue to be a shutdown starter. He out pitched the recently departed Cole Irvin who threw well in the first half for the Threshers but was never as dominating as Jo Jo was in his Sunday FSL debut.
The only problem is the way the Phillies operate, he may be in Reading soon than later if he pitches as he did against the Tampa Yankees.