Diamondbacks' Wes Roemer Settling In As A Starter
PHOENIX—Entering spring training, the Diamondbacks were uncertain how to proceed with righthander Wes Roemer, a sandwich pick in the 2007 draft out of Cal State Fullerton. Should they continue to use him in a rotation? Move him to the bullpen? Their strength in the minors is their pitching, and the competition was fierce. They were torn.
Not to worry. Roemer, 24, earned a rotation spot at Double-A Mobile in the spring, and his early season excellence has made that decision look prescient.
The 6-foot, 205-pound Roemer challenged hitters with a three-pitch mix and put up strong numbers in his first eight starts, going 3-0, 2.39 in his second stop in the Southern League. It was his peripherals, however, that stood out. Roemer had given up just 36 hits in 53 innings while striking out 43. He had walked just seven.
Flash back to May 16—Roemer took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Carolina before hitting a batter and giving up an RBI-double. He gave up two hits in 72⁄3 innings but left without a decision. It was Roemer's seventh quality start, and it came with farm director Mike Bell in the house.
"He had a good sinker that played well to righthanders. He could start it over the inner third, and he could expand it out," Bell said. "He had a good slider. Good command. They are a pretty aggressive team. He would get ahead and start expanding the zone."
It is all part of Roemer's repertoire, which includes a fastball that tops out at 90-91 mph and is complemented with a slider and changeup.
"He has been very consistent. He's got a great attitude. He challenges hitters. He wants the ball," Bell said.
The Diamondbacks have limited Roemer to seven innings except for his May 16 appearance. Roemer had a fine start at Mobile last year but was bothered by arm irritation last year and missed about a month late in the season. Surgery was not required, and he had a strong winter in Puerto Rico to enter camp on a high.
"He's gotten better every year," Bell said.
• Mobile righthander Charles Brewer struck out seven in five scoreless innings against Carolina on May 17, his longest outing in three starts since returning from a concussion.
• After middling starts to the season, high Class A Visalia teammates Bobby Borchering and Matt Davidson were hitting .324 and .319, respectively, in May. The two were splitting time between first base and third base.