Phillies Take JoJo Romero In the 4th Round of the 2016 Draft

With the 4th round we move into the take best player available phase of the draft. The Phillies take JoJo Romero out of Yavapi College (same college as Ken Giles). Romero is an athletic leftt handed pitcher with a fastball up to 95. He has a slider, curveball, and changeup. There is some debate on whether the changeup or the slider is the better long term pitch, but he does have the pitches to be a starter. His size and some durability concerns have some thinking he will end up in the bullpen. Overall he reminds me of some of the international arms the Phillies have in their system, and they have had a lot of success with short athletic sstarting pitchers.

More to come…

Update: The changeup has been billed as the better offering from those who have seen him. His command will need some work as well. He is only 19 years old so he will have time to make improvements. It is an uninspiring pick, but there is some stuff to work with here. The fall back is a good left handed reliever.

 

Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman
Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.