Mikey Romero Salem Red Sox Shortstop

Age: 19
Born: January 12, 2004
Birthplace: San Diego, CA
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st round, 2022 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (LSU commit)
High School: Orange Lutheran (CA)
ETA: 2026

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: July 26, 2022 (BOS)
Signing Scout: JJ Altobelli
Signing Bonus: $2,300,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2026
MLFA Eligible: November 2028
Pro Debut: August 9, 2022 (FCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
Twitter: @mromo32
Instagram: @mikeyromero32

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  Physical Description: Athletic frame with some remaining projection. Not overly physical and could stand to add strength and fill out.

Hit: Starts slightly open with his hands high. Very smooth and controlled swing. Has bat speed. Limited stride. Really good hands. Seen as one of the most advanced high school hitters in the draft class. Good pitch recognition and advanced approach for his age. Makes a lot of contact and hits the ball hard. Potential above-average hit tool.

Power: Wide range of opinions on his power ability. Needs to add strength and swing right now is designed more for hard line drives than over-the-fence power. Potential fringe-average game power.

Run: Fringe-average speed.

Field: Soft hands and strong instincts at shortstop. Some evaluators think he can stick at short, while others think he profiles best at second base long-term. Will not be a standout defender, but a potential average defender at shortstop.

Arm: Average arm strength.
  Career Notes: Played travel ball growing up in Southern California with Red Sox 2021 first-round pick Marcelo Mayer. Played for Team USA. Comes from a very athletic family. Eldest sister Sierra was a star for the University of Michigan softball team and older sister Sydney starred at the University of Oklahoma, and both now play professional softball for Athletes Unlimited. Was originally committed to Arizona, but changed his commitment to LSU to follow head coach Jay Johnson. Was set to participate in the 2022 Fall Performance Program that was cancelled due to Hurricane Ian.

Summation: Potential bat-first middle infielder. Unclear if he can stick at shortstop long-term, but if he hits, has the offensive ability to carry him at either second base or in the outfield. Has one of the most advanced bats in the high school class.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.

Red Sox select Mikey Romero with the 24th overall pick (7.17.22)
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2021 Orange Lutheran HS HS --- 17 20 69 16 25 5 1 1 15 37 4 12 2 0 0.362 0.392 0.507 0.899
  2022 Orange Lutheran HS HS --- 18 30 94 24 35 5 5 4 26 58 8 7 1 0 0.372 0.419 0.659 1.079
2022 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 18 10 36 5 9 3 0 1 6 15 7 4 1 0 0.250 0.373 0.417 0.789
  2022 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 18 9 43 6 15 4 3 0 11 25 1 11 1 0 0.349 0.364 0.581 0.945
2023 TBD --- --- Bos 19     stats                            
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