Ricky Romero
Not much of a shock here, John Farrell announced today (and the dutiful official Jays twitter feed branded it up and put it out there too) that Ricky Romero will start on Opening Day.

Young, talented, home grown, signed long term, dreamy: all great reasons to move Ricky Romero forward in the “face of the franchise” conversation. That he exhibits a general likeability in interviews and a high “compete level” (ugh) on the field is reason enough to give him the coveted Opening Day role.

Jays fans have a lot to look forward to in Ricky Romero after two strong seasons in the big leagues. I compared him to Cliff Lee in terms of development and results in the past, a comparison most Jays fans can’t help but enjoy.

The ace shoes in Toronto are pretty tough to fill but given the team’s commitment to Romero during his minor league struggles and the friendly contract he signed, Ricky Romero figures to be at the top of the Jays rotation for years to come.

Comments (8)

  1. Kinda crazy that he barely made the team out of Spring Training just two seasons ago. It already feels like he’s been around forever.

    • I agree. Even then it was shocking the way he seemingly emerged from “nowhere.” Credit to the Jays for tracking his progress and promoting him at the right time. #blameJP

  2. Ricky Ro’s got grit! And clutch stuff! But best of all, he’s articulate.

  3. Can we all agree that “compete level” is one of the worst hockey terms ever created, and should never, ever be used?

    I think we all can.

  4. It makes me want to die. Though “Make Up” isn’t much better.

  5. JP was much maligned for the Romero selection, especially with Tulo going right after him. It’s definitely nice to see Romero emerge as the starter he is. I think I saw last year a re-do of that draft which had him 11th out of the top 12, but I feel that he’d be higher if a re-do were done again this year.

  6. I can’t recall exactly, but prior to Spring Training 2009, wasn’t Romero basically written-off as a first round draft bust? Then suddenly Brad Arnsberg fast-tracked RR through camp and suddenly he was part of the starting rotation. My, how things have changed!

  7. Not that rWAR is the be-all and end-all, especially with differences of 0.1, but Romero currently ranks 13th in career rWAR amongst all the players (all 50 rounds) taken and signed in the 2005 draft, according to BB-Ref’s handy dandy draft tool thingy. Ahead of him are Troy Tulowitzki, Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Braun, Yunel Escobar (couldn’t draft the best SS in the 2005 draft, so we traded for the second best one), Matt Garza, Justin Upton, Clay Buchholz, Andrew McCutchen, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Colby Rasmus, and John Lannan (tied with Rasmus). Remember that WAR is a counting stat, so the more playing time a player’s had since the draft, the more opportunity he’s had to compile his WAR. 13th out of 1500+ players. Not bad for a “bust”.

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