The Felix Romero era is over.
On Monday, the Giants organization released pitcher Felix Romero. The Dominican right-hander went 0-4 with a 6.34 ERA in 33 games this season. Used mostly out of the bullpen for the first three months of the year, Romero became a spot starter, with some degree of regularity. Of his last ten appearances, seven came as a starter. However, his last two outing may have sealed his fate.
Starting last Friday against Albuquerque, Romero could not even get out of the first inning, allowing four runs. He came back for relief last Sunday, faring no better, allowing six runs in an inning and two-thirds.
Romero has yet to appear in the Majors, toiling 14 years in the minors. He began his career with the Toronto franchise, signing as a 17-year old undrafted free agent. He pitched from 1997-2004 with the Blue Jays minor league teams, with stop for the Dominican Summer League team (1998-2000), Auburn (2001), West Virginia (2002-04) and Dunedin (2004). He then signed as a minor league free agent with Boston- spending one year with Wilmington (2005).
After not playing in 2006, Romero pitched in the Baltimore chain from 2006-08, with stops in Bowie and Norfolk. He signed as a minor league free agent with the Giants on December 18, 2008, spending all of 2009 with Fresno. In 2010, he split time between Fresno and Richmond, before spending all of 2011 in the Raisin City.
Taking Romero’s place on the roster is C Tyler LaTorre. The Grizzlies activated him from the disabled list. Whatever injury he had, it did not prevent LaTorre from warming up bullpen pitchers during his time off.
And, today (August 16), the Giants recalled P Dan Runzler, a starter of late for Fresno. He takes the place of Sergio Romo, placed on the DL with elbow problems.
Taking Runzler’s place is Daryl Maday, who received a promotion from Double A Richmond. His numbers do not look impressive- 3-10 with a 4.51 ERA in 24 games (18 starts). His WHIP is not impressive either- 1.38. Maday is a 30th round draft pick in the 2007 draft for the Giants. He pitched in 10 games last year for Fresno. The right-hander has worked his way up the system- pitching for Salem-Keizer (Short-season A) in 2007; Augusta and San Jose (A) in 2008; Connecticut/Richmond (AA) in 2009-10, before returning to Richmond this year.
Maday may be penciled into the starting rotation. WIth the subtractions of Romero and Runzler, Fresno is down to three regular starters (Matt Yourkin, Andrew Kown and Shane Loux). Who will be the fifth starter? The options include another pormotion form Richmond or San Jose, or convert someone from the bullpen as they did with Romero.