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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  • ben

    hes the next bernie williams!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Nothing not to like about this.

    • Alan

      Melvin Croussett struck him out in two pitches.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        He should be proud. Few men make it to two.

  • Hughesus Christo

    The Ninja does not rest for long

  • Anthony Murillo

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

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Chris Hansen confirmed his age.

      • Anthony Murillo


        Looks like someone shoud tell him to “have a seat right over there”.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Cashman said “This is the first time I’ve ever done this. I just wanted to talk to him.”

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            To Catch a Prospect.

            • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig


              • Opus

                Should’ve left when Wilmer told him to have some cookies while he changed his shirt.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    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.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      I mean I could be totally off base, and I’m not saying it means anything, but to me the swing mechanics are kind of similar.

      Compare his mechanics to this slow-mo video of A-Rod’s mechanics:


      • larryf

        He does look like he has ARod’s swing and follow through. Nice to see a quicker/less bulked version.

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          go to 9 seconds in on Wilmer’s video and 2 seconds in on A-rod’s video, hit pause and then compare them side by side.

  • Ghost of Scott Brosius

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

    /wishful thinking but hey it could happen

    • Mister Delaware

      But he’s blocked by Angelo Gumbs!!!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


      • Ghost of Scott Brosius

        Forgot about Gumbs. Boom. We’re set.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    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”.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Shallow and pedantic.

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    Yay for toolsy outfielders.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Hooray high upside

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

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

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      He’s actually 35

  • vin


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

    • Mister Delaware

      Girardi will just fuck this up.

      /a different meme’d

  • JerseyDutch

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

  • mike c

    international prospects = yankee gold

  • bonestock94

    Power, nice

  • vin

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


    • Hughesus Christo

      Sugar is a poor man’s Half Nelson


    • Xstar7

      I saw that movie. Wilmer is gonna end up just like Miguel.

  • Jerome S

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

    • CountryClub

      At the end of the day, he’s still just a young kid with potential. But he’s the type of kid they don’t usually have a shot at in the draft.

    • bonestock94

      Too far away to get excited imo.

  • Big Stein

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

    • Big Stein

      Today’s heat index in Santo Domingo is 105° Sheesh. I doubt the kid has air conditioning.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Apparently Melky and David Ortiz never go home.

      • Avi

        After today his whole city has central.

    • pat

      Not to mention the natural weight gain from maturation. These kids rarely stay stick thin through their late teens and early 20′s.

  • Sam

    Starts in the GCL or DSL?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      DSL, I’d imagine.

      • Mister Delaware

        I thought we were done with the Hansen jokes.

  • Jorge

    How old is his wife?

  • Jerome S

    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.

    • http://www.twitter.com/astrophunq Dax J.

      It’s true. They’re also located in San Pedro de Macoris and San Cristobal.

  • Phishin’

    Seems like a panic move

    • Mister Delaware


    • Slugger27

      yup, im tired of all these knee-jerk, quick fix moves

  • Phishin’


    • Phishin’

      and I reply failed

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • RL

      Nah, needs some time to mature. Right when Granderson’s contract is ending.

  • Mike HC

    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

      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

        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.