Romero has strong finish to season

At the conclusion of the International League’s 2008 season, Blue Jays pitching prospect Ricky Romero was named Pitcher-of-the-Week for the period ending Sept. 1. The left-hander, who was Toronto’s first pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, collected two wins while posting a 1.29 ERA for Triple-A Syracuse, over the season’s final week.

The 23-year-old started the year at Double-A, where he went 5-5 with a 4.96 ERA over 21 starts. However, after his promotion to Triple-A in late July, Romero was seemingly a different pitcher. In his seven starts for the Chiefs, Romero went 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA. Over 42 innings, opponents hit just .263 against the south-paw. As well, he allowed 20 walks, while striking out 38 batters.

In other news, during the Minor League regular season, Toronto’s affiliated clubs managed to collectively finish above .500, posting a combined 353-337 (.512) mark.

— David Singh

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