MLB Draft Countdown: #40, Drew Romo, C, The Woodlands HS (TX)

Player: Drew Romo Draft Day Age: 18
School: The Woodlands HS (TX) Position(s): C
Height: 6’1” Weight: 205 lbs. Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Hit: Limited power, this is the big question mark. Bat can get long; shoulder plane creates tilt leading to hitting top of ball too often. Feet are quiet, should be able to make enough contact to be an average contact hitter.
Field: Elite defender. Plus arm, plus feet, plus glove, upside of Gold Glove caliber catcher. Carrying tools at a defense first position helps limit risk. Have had the pop as low as 1.80.
Summary: High School catchers have had a rough track record at best, but the Romo’s defense helps limit his floor. The defensive skills are elite with the only question being the arm accuracy, as he can miss high too often. If he can shorten the swing, look to inside out the ball, and develop gap power, he can be an All-Star. Otherwise, the likely future is an Austin Hedges type, which I would take on my club anytime.

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