Report: Yankees sign Dominican centerfielder Wilmer Romero


Via Melissa Segura, the Yankees have signed 16-year-old Dominican centerfielder Wilmer Romero. The bonus is not yet known, but he was expected to receive seven-figures when the 2010 international signing period began. Listed at 6-foot-3, 185 lbs., Baseball America’s Ben Badler named Romero the ninth best prospect available in this year’s Latin American class (subs. req’d), saying that he “has a projectable, athletic frame with plus speed, a plus arm and plus raw power.” Keith Law (Insider req’d) called him “a potential five-tool center/right fielder.”

Here’s some video. Kid looks like he could add a few pounds. Or twenty.

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  1. ben says:

    hes the next bernie williams!

  2. Hughesus Christo says:

    The Ninja does not rest for long

  3. Anthony Murillo says:

    Any worry that he’s older than 16 years old?

  4. Tom Zig says:

    Just from my completely amateur perspective his batting stance looks a little bit like A-Rod’s. Just with less of a front leg kick.

  5. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Heathcott, Romero…one more stud and we’ve got our future outfield of five-tool stars.

    /wishful thinking but hey it could happen

  6. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Keith Law (Insider req’d) called him “a potential five-tool center/right fielder.”

    This just in, Keith Law just called Flores “the most over-rated piece of work since Nabokhov’s “The Bosom of Sasha”.

  7. T-Dubs says:

    Yay for toolsy outfielders.

  8. See? The Yankees are getting younger. Now shut up.

  9. vin says:


    Thought I’d be the first person to declare victory after any acquisition.

  10. JerseyDutch says:

    We will watch your career with great interest, young Romero.

  11. mike c says:

    international prospects = yankee gold

  12. bonestock94 says:

    Power, nice

  13. vin says:

    This seems as good a time as any to remind everyone to watch Sugar if you haven’t seen it already.


  14. Jerome S says:

    So how excited should we be about this? Seriously, is this a big thing, or is this just a small possibility of a prospect?

  15. Big Stein says:

    He’ll gain weight once he moves north. the year around Dominican heat really keeps your metabolism high.

  16. Sam says:

    Starts in the GCL or DSL?

  17. Jorge says:

    How old is his wife?

  18. Jerome S says:

    I hear that in Santo Domingo there are trees called Prospect Trees. And you can plant seeds for an Outfielder or an Infielder or a pitcher and in 16 years, he will blossom into a mature Player for the draft.
    True story.

  19. Phishin' says:

    Seems like a panic move

  20. Phishin' says:


  21. Cy Pettitte says:

    ok, so he takes over for Granderson next year so we can get to the WS?

  22. Mike HC says:

    Just for some context, where would a guy like this have been chosen if in the draft? First rounder? third? etc …

    Anybody have an educated guess as to that?

    • Ted Nelson says:

      I didn’t know anything about him before 5 minutes ago so don’t mean to waste your time, but the Yankees gave one? none? (Mason Williams?) of their 2010 Draft Picks a million bucks… Granted, Int. prospects are actually free agents on an open market (so have more leverage to negotiate), but 7 figures is a big bonus. That’s a top kind of international guy. If he’s in the draft he’s got 2+ more years to either mature into a beast or fade away or in between…

      • Ted Nelson says:

        Last sentence I mean that he’s a junior in high school or something if he’s living in the US, and is probably at least 2 years away from being drafted which makes the calculation theoretically harder.

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