Seth Romero: SP – Nationals #4 Prospect
Seth Romero is a bit of a wildcard, as the Washington Nationals aren’t likely to be impressed with his Spring Training antics. But he’s now back with the Auburn Doubledays and has flashed the first-round talent again.
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Although he has a 4.24 ERA, most of the damage from that came from his second start where he gave up five runs.
His strikeout total is impressive, as you would expect from someone of his caliber. In just 23.1 innings, he’s recorded 31 punchouts, good for nearly 12 K/9.
There’s no question that Romero could easily become a frontline starter in the majors based on talent alone. But as it’s always been, the question is whether he can keep himself out of trouble off the field.
These off-field issues include “a lack of effort regarding conditioning.” according to this Houston Chronicle article and a failed drug test where he tested positive for marijuana.
However, on top of that, Romero violated a club policy in Spring Training and was sent home. So it’s fair to wonder whether the decisions makers could be souring on him, as in general, they’ve shied away from players with off-field issues.
Other teams may be prepared to take on Seth Romero and all his baggage, however. It would be a high-risk high-reward move for the team that does acquire him though.
It’s difficult to predict who might be interested in Romero, but if a team is willing to give him a second chance, it would net a haul.
Perhaps the Royals are a partner again, as they recently expressed a possible interest in Luke Heimlich, who has even bigger off-field issues.
Hopefully, the Washington Nationals will still be in a position to buy come the Trade Deadline. If so, it would be surprising if none of the above players were dealt.