January 14, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #35 D.J. Romero

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #35 | D.J. Romero

Position | Third Base

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| September 24, 1986 (Perdernales, Dominican Republic)

School | N/A

| 6'0''

| 195 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| 24

Deibinson Romero signed with the Twins as a non-drafted free agent in the summer of 2004 as a 17-year-old. He spent all of the 2005 season in the Dominican Summer League and then made his way to the states in 2006. He had a great two-season stint in the Twins rookie leagues combining to hit .314/.390/.487 in 423 AB's between the two stops. Besides having a great bat, he also has great defense, making difficult plays at shortstop look easy with a good glove and a strong arm. Prior to the 2008 season, Baseball America posted their "Best Tools" for the Twins System and Romero ranked best as both the "Best Defensive Infielder" and as the "Best Infielder Arm" in the Twins system. Unfortunately for Romero, he really took a step back in 2008. He had two serious leg injuries. He injured his left leg on April 28th and didn't return until June 18th. The then went on to fracture his right leg in July and was lost the rest of the season. The injury occured when Romero was making a sensational catch in foul territory over the dugout. Despite the injuries, the Twins added Romero to their 40-man roster prior to the 2009 season. He still has plenty of upside, and if he can prove to be healthy in 2009, he could really make up ground on prospect charts.

2008 Statistics
Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR     RBI
A-        40    162    .268    .309    .396      12      3      18

2009 Outlook

Romero will most likely be starting the season with the Beloit Snappers but if he proves he's 100% recovered, he may move up to Ft. Myers mid-season.


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