• Deibinson Romero is knocking on the door

    Before the season began, Deibinson Romero wasn't cracking top prospect lists. As a 26-year old prospect(?), there had been some tough seasons in the minor leagues. He needed multiple seasons in Beloit, Fort Myers, and New Britain. After 2,600 plate appearances in the minors, Romero had never faced a pitch above Double-A.

    Things have changed so far this season for Mr. Romero.
    This year it took another trip back to the Eastern League for Romero to get back on track and he did so in a big way. He wasn't there long, batting .355/.429/.710 with three home runs and two doubles in eight games. The team promoted him to Rochester and he has continued putting together his best professional season.

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    In 18 games at Rochester, Romero is hitting .308/.394/.583 with four home runs and two doubles. Those numbers are great but he has been even better in the last ten games. Over that stretch, Romero is hitting .395/.452/.684 with three home runs. This also includes one game on June 3rd where he went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI.

    On the defensive side, Romero has continued to improve his play at third. He has averaged close to 20 errors a season over the last four years. So far this year he has three errors in 55 chances. If he continues to hit well and play strong defense it will be hard for the front office not to notice him.

    One man who has noticed his recent play is Ron Gardenhire. In an interview this weekend, the Twins skipper said, "He's gotten better and better. He's really brought himself back into the picture here. Another option -- and he is an option for me." This is high praise from a manager who has seen a revolving door at third base since the departure of Corey Koskie many years ago.

    The Twins coaching staff was excited at the prospect of getting an extended look at Romero during spring training this year. Unfortunately, Romero got tied up in the Dominican Republic due to a visa issue. This cost him a chance to impress the front office and Gardenhire's staff.

    There might be some issues with finding a place for Romero. He is currently not on the 40-man roster so the Twins would need to clear a space for him in order to call him up. The Twins have been willing to move people from the 40-man roster this year so this shouldn't be much of a stumbling block for Romero.

    Another obstacle in Romero's way could be the return of a healthy Trevor Plouffe. The last month has been interesting for Plouffe. He was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list after sliding hard into second base to break up a double play. On the day he was removed from concussion DL, he injured his calf in warm-ups and he had to be placed on the 15-day DL.

    Plouffe will be heading to Rochester on a rehab assignment at the start of this week. This could mean his return to the line-up in the next handful of days. Minnesota has struggled since Plouffe went on the disabled list May 22. Entering play on Sunday, third basemen have combined to go 7-for-68 (.103) with one extra-base hit.

    There will be a lot of talk about Miguel Sano's promotion from High-A to Double-A because he is the future at third base. However, Romero has been a pleasant surprise this season and it would be nice to see him get an opportunity to prove himself on the big league stage.
    This article was originally published in blog: Deibinson Romero is knocking on the door started by Cody Christie
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Assuming Plouffe is healthy (soon), I just can't imagine a scenerio where Romero comes up. Maybe if he wouldn't have missed his opportunity in spring training and through the first 5-6 months of the season with the visa issues. That said, if Plouffe is out even longer (for whatever reason), then Romero makes a lot of sense.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Assuming Plouffe is healthy (soon), I just can't imagine a scenerio where Romero comes up. Maybe if he wouldn't have missed his opportunity in spring training and through the first 5-6 months of the season with the visa issues. That said, if Plouffe is out even longer (for whatever reason), then Romero makes a lot of sense.
      When Gardy floats a name, it usually, eventually, happens.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Well, we know Sano will be here in 2015, why not call up Romero and see what you have, while there is any kind of opening at all? It's not like Plouffe has proven anything. If he was judged like Gibson, he'd be in AAA for sure.

      Exactly what would it hurt to call him up, and get a look? Nothing. Not a thing.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      If Plouffe gets injured again and needs to be on the 15 day DL I see them making it happen. The production at 3b has to be better. Hopefully Plouffe just comes back and goes on a June feeding binge like last season.
    1. adjacent's Avatar
      adjacent -
      Assuming Plouffe comes back healthy, what about him as a trading chip? A cost controlled, 20 home runs a year 3rd baseman. Having Romero (and Sano right behind him) opens this possibility, I think.
    1. spycake's Avatar
      spycake -
      I'm guessing they'd like to see a bit more extended AAA performance from Romero -- his minor league career was pretty dismal prior to a solid campaign repeating AA last year at age 25, but they've held onto him for a long time so obviously they like him (or liked his potential). A call-up at some point this season should be in the cards, though, before we can lose him again in the offseason. He arguably should have been up over Colabello recently, definitely a better roster fit as a 3B while Plouffe is out. If Plouffe comes back soon, they may have to shoe in Romero as a DH/1B if he keeps producing at AAA.

      By the way, why was Colabello activated for the doubleheader instead of a pitcher? With all the hand-wringing about bullpen overuse, seems like an extra pitcher would have been warranted -- indeed, wasn't that the point of the added 26th roster spot for doubleheaders?
    1. spycake's Avatar
      spycake -
      Quote Originally Posted by adjacent View Post
      Assuming Plouffe comes back healthy, what about him as a trading chip? A cost controlled, 20 home runs a year 3rd baseman. Having Romero (and Sano right behind him) opens this possibility, I think.
      I doubt Plouffe has much trade value -- outside of his HR binge last year he hasn't done much nor has he stayed healthy -- although perhaps you could fetch a guy in a similar situation at a different position? Might not be one available that fits for the Twins, though.

      Plus, Plouffe is basically a 3B defensively by default right now. Romero and Sano have big question marks in the field too. And we're on track to have a spot at 1B opening up after the season (doesn't seem like Parmelee is staking a claim to anything right now).
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Let's let Romero hit at AAA for another month before getting too excited. He is definitely a corner infielder, so that helps his cause some. Injuries (Plouffe, Carroll) and trades (Morneau and/or Plouffe) are almost needed for him, though.
    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      Trade Willingham near the deadline, move Ploufge to LF and then give Romero an audition if he still warrants it.
    1. Snortwood's Avatar
      Snortwood -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      Let's let Romero hit at AAA for another month before getting too excited. He is definitely a corner infielder, so that helps his cause some. Injuries (Plouffe, Carroll) and trades (Morneau and/or Plouffe) are almost needed for him, though.
      If the reason the Twins aren't bringing a legit player to the majors is Jamie Carroll, we are all truly doomed. As fans of the Twins, that is.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Quote Originally Posted by spycake View Post
      I doubt Plouffe has much trade value -- outside of his HR binge last year he hasn't done much nor has he stayed healthy -- although perhaps you could fetch a guy in a similar situation at a different position? Might not be one available that fits for the Twins, though.

      Plus, Plouffe is basically a 3B defensively by default right now. Romero and Sano have big question marks in the field too. And we're on track to have a spot at 1B opening up after the season (doesn't seem like Parmelee is staking a claim to anything right now).
      Im guessing that darn 40 man roster thing
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Gardy dropped Romero's name, is anyone shocked? Plouffe has been in his doghouse all year. If Gardy has an eye out for a replacement should we really be surprised?
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      If they don't want him to bolt somewhere else, he's going to have to be added to the 40 man roster. He started out with tons of promise and then due to injuries and ineffectiveness was largely forgotten about until now.

      I can say this. The Twins are carrying 4 middle infielders and are holding a spot on the 40 man for Colabello as well. There are plenty of people they can drop to give Romero a chance, but like others said, they may as well let him play another month or so at Rochester. He can get the call up later in the year as they start extended tryouts for 2014. Plouffe is versatile enough to move to 2B, SS, or LF if needed.
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      I am on the side of another 4 weeks in AAA. If he continues to do well in AAA, give him a half season in the majors.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      I'd rather see Romero play third than Carroll these days. Romero was a highly regarded prospect and was put on the 40-man roster as a 22-y.o 3 seasons ago. He finally got it together last season. If his house did not burn down last off-season and had his paperwork and made it to ST, he would have fought for a spot on the roster.

      Good to see him hit again.
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