Stefen Romero could factor into Mariners' plans this season
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) While the Mariners continue to be linked to free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, if the team is unsuccessful at landing a right-handed power bat, then the team could look internally at prospect Stefen Romero to help fill that void.
"We’ve talked about Stefen all winter," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said, per The News Tribune. "This guy could really be a player for us. He gives you power. He gives you the ability to hit. It’s up to him."
Romero has posted solid offensive numbers in the minors, batting .306 with a .506 slugging percentage in 330 games. However, it's his defense which could keep him from securing a spot on the Mariners' roster this spring.
Romero transitioned from second base to left field last season, and his defense still needs to catch up to his offense.
"A work in progress," said Chris Gwynn, the club's director of player development. "Some plays, he looks like he’s been out there a long time. Some plays, it doesn’t look like he’s been out there a long time."