Apr
21

Yankees sign Josh Romanski

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Via BA’s minor league transactions, the Yankees have signed lefthander Josh Romanski, who was released by the Brewers within the last few weeks. The 23-year-old was Milwaukee’s fourth round pick in 2008, but he missed the 2009 season with Tommy John surgery. He’s probably best known for spending three years as the number two starter behind Brian Matusz at The University of San Diego.

I’ve been a fan of Romanski’s for quite some time, and even wrote him up as a potential draft target back in ’08. I have no idea why the Brewers cut him after giving him a $247,000 signing bonus and footing the bill for his TJ rehab, but it’s the Yanks who benefit. It’s not every day that you can add a fourth round talent to your organization for basically nothing.

Categories : Asides, Minors
  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Hmm is this for filler or is he still legit?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He’s legit, unless the elbow is completely shot.

  • Esd

    Move over Sabathia

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Where would he be placed among the Yankees top prospects?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I wouldn’t have him in the top 30 because of the elbow, more like 30-40 somewhere. Lefthanded and breathing though, always a good combination.

  • WIlliam

    What’s his potential/ceiling if he comes back from TJ relatively unschathed?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Back-end starter/reliever. Nothing special, but hey, talent is talent.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        Meaning he’ll be inserted in the bullpen if he establishes himself as a starter.

        /redundant’d

  • 28 next year

    how old is the guy and what level like A, AA, AAA would he be at upon his return?

    • pat

      The 23-year-old was Milwaukee’s fourth round pick in 2008,

      • 28 next year

        reading comp fail on my part.

        • 28 next year

          in my defense, I just spent an hour reading some of Wuthering Heights, the worst novel ever written.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            The Heart of Midlothian begs to differ.

            • bexarama

              as does Ethan Frome and a number of other books I read in 10th/11th grade

  • bmmadad

    He did not have TJ surgery. He had a minor procedure to stablize a tendon with a small screw. He is throwing 92+ and is in great shape. He was a rule three player that had to be on the 40 man roster or released.

  • Bob Logue

    He did not have TJ surgery. He had a minor procedure to stablize a tendon with a small screw. He is throwing 92+ and is in great shape. He was a rule three player that had to be on the 40 man roster or released. His Dad is my kids pitching coach.