Wennington Romero, the 18-year-old left handed pitcher who was the anchor of the Arizona League Reds, has been promoted to the Billings Mustangs. Romero pitched in the Reds playoff game, one in which he allowed just two earned runs in 6.0 innings, that the team would eventually lose to end their season.
The lefty had been dominant with the team in Goodyear. Wennington Romero posted a 1.93 ERA in the regular season, throwing 46.2 innings with just eight walks and with 46 strikeouts. He also allowed just one home run on the season and posted a ground ball rate of 61% on the season.
He threw 71.2 innings last season for the Dominican Summer League Rojos, and is currently at 52.2 innings for this season. With just seven regular season games remaining, and then the playoffs, Romero should be fine to continue starting for the rest of the year with the Mustangs without any worry about his innings piling up.
Other roster moves
With the big league club taking four pitchers off of the Louisville Bats roster, the Triple-A squad got a few reinforcements to round out their season over the next few days. Right handed pitcher Tejay Antone jumps up from Daytona to join the club. El’Hajj Muhammad is also joining the team from Pensacola and the righty will be making a start for the Bats tonight. Outfielder Steve Selsky is also rejoining the Bats after a long trip on the disabled list and a rehab stint with the Arizona League Reds.
Dayton’s bullpen took a hit today as closer Sarkis Ohanian hit the disabled list with a hip injury. Ohanian has 61 strikeouts and 13 walks in 35.1 innings pitched this year for the Dragons. Update: Sarkis Ohanian is going to have hip surgery and is likely looking at a 6-month recovery, which will push him right up to spring training next year.
Taking his place on the roster is right handed reliever Jake Johnson, who is coming up from Billings. Johnson had been with the Dragons earlier this season, but was sent back to extended spring training in mid-May before returning to Billings when their season began.