Romanski Delivers On Potential With Yankees

NEW YORK—Josh Romanski never did pitch for the Brewers after the organization selected the San Diego lefty in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.

Before ever throwing a pitch as a professional, Romanski had Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2009 campaign. When Milwaukee called into question his desire to rehab from the procedure this spring, they summarily released him in April, eating his $247,000 signing bonus.

New York signed him a week later and the 23-year-old southpaw pitched so well for low Class A Charleston that he earned a promotion to high Class A Tampa.

"Our scouts liked him a lot in college," farm director Mark Newman said. "He is in the Jimmy Key mold, (with a) good changeup he throws to both sides of the plate.

"He throws the fastball in the 87 to 88 (mph) range, (and he) has a curveball."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Romanski went 8-4, 3.16 in 15 starts for Charleston, racking up 73 strikeouts in 88 innings. While throwing strikes often presents an initial challenge to pitchers recovering from TJ surgery, Romanski showed exquisite control with just 17 walks for the RiverDogs.

"He has the ability to pitch," Newman said "He can change speeds and locate the fastball which he will have to do at a higher level."

A 15th-round pick by the Padres out of high school in Corona, Calif., Romanski went 23-6, 3.71 in three seasons for San Diego, where he served as the No. 2 starter behind Orioles rookie lefty Brian Matusz.

The Brewers lost interest in Romanski because of his indifferent attitude toward rehab. According to the Brewers, he tried the organization's patience by either not showing up or arriving late for rehab sessions.

In an interesting side note, Romanski went 5-for-15 (.333) with three doubles while serving as DH for Rookie-level Helena in 2008. A tender elbow kept him off the mound.


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