I’ll have an Arizona Fall League Notebook sometime in the next few weeks, but the circuit’s All-Star matchup was Saturday night — they call it the Fall-Stars Game … get it? — and Seattle Mariners outfielder Stefen Romero received two plate appearances and made the most of them as he and his West teammates were victorious behind those long balls and three strong innings from Minnesota Twins right-hander Alex Meyer.
Yeah, great, Romero hit two home runs in a meaningless game. Partially true. The game doesn’t mean a thing. What Romero did in the game is not futile and trivial.
The 25-year-old is far from an elite prospect, but he’s one that could help a big-league club in some capacity and that may occur in 2014. His two PAs Saturday night in the desert weren’t just two more at-bats for a young hitter. They came off two very worthy adversaries in Rays southpaw Mike Montgomery and Tigers’ right-hander Corey Knebel, and both went opposite field.
Neither ball was exactly torched, and there’s a good chance neither one leaves Safeco Field in April or May, but Romero showed a sound swing on both, staying back on a breaking ball on the second four-bagger. He doesn’t stride much, but still creates solid power and should be able to hit a good number of doubles with 15-18 homers if the hit tool and his outfield defense develops enough to warrant everyday play.
The fact that he’s not over-matched in these games is a sign he’s still improving, despite being a tad old to be a prospect.
Here’s MLB.com’s video of both homers: