2012 Miami Marlins Prospect Review: Avery Romero

By Ryan Gaydos
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Marlins have plenty of young infield talent in its organization. Avery Romero is one of the high-grade talent in the Marlins system is beginning to be looked at as the shorstop of the future for the ball club. Romero was drafted in the third round of the 2012 MLB Draft but has already started to impress scouts around the league.

In his first season in the minor leagues, Romero played in 40 games batted .246/.331/.352 with three home runs and 19 RBI. Romero split time between the Gulf Coast League Marlins and then the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League. Romero is only 19-years-old and has a big bat that quickly stuck out to the Marlins, who drafted him over his pick value.

His incredible response in the minors boosted him up to the No. 8 best prospect in the Marlins system according to MLB.com.

However, the team has concern for his ability to play shortstop. Although he does have a great arm, Romero may not have the range to continue fielding at that position which could end up making him a great third baseman or a better second baseman. He is sure to split time between shortstop and second base in his career to see where the team will place him in the future.

Romero was left off the Arizona Fall League’s Phoenix Desert Dogs roster that saw eight other Marlins prospects go to. It could be another year before Romero gets a chance to play with the high talent that the Arizona Fall League has to offer.

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