Stefen Romero

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Stefen Romero
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Romero with the Orix Buffaloes
Orix Buffaloes – No. 9
Right fielder
Born: (1988-10-17) October 17, 1988 (age 30)
Tucson, Arizona
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 1, 2014, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average.195
Home runs4
Runs batted in17

Stefen Daniel Romero (born October 17, 1988) is an American professional baseball right fielder with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners.


Romero attended Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Arizona. Playing for the school's baseball team, he earned an all-southern Arizona honorable mention from the Tucson Citizen following his senior season.[1] He also played for the school's basketball team.[2]

Romero enrolled at Pima Community College. After playing college baseball at Pima for two years, he transferred to Oregon State University, where he played for the Oregon State Beavers baseball team.[3] He had a .326 batting average in 2010, and was named to the All-Pac-10 Conference First Team. The Seattle Mariners selected Romero in the 12th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.[4][5]

In 2012, Romero was the Mariners Minor League Player of the Year after he hit .352/.391/.599 with 23 home runs and 101 runs batted in with the Jackson Generals of the Class AA Southern League.[6][7] He was assigned to the Tacoma Rainiers of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in 2013, but started the season on the disabled list with an oblique injury.[8] Romero was added to the Mariners 40-man roster on November 20, 2013.[9]

In 2014, Romero made the Mariners' Opening Day roster,[10] and had his major league debut on April 1.[11] He struggled, batting .192 in 73 games.[12] He began the 2015 and 2016 seasons with Tacoma.[13][14]

On November 19, 2016, the Mariners released Romero to pursue an opportunity to play in Japan.[15] He signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball's Pacific League on November 24.[16] He signed a three-year contract extension with the Buffaloes on August 4, 2017, earning $2.5 million per season.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Stefen's younger brother, Santiago, was a teammate on their high school baseball team.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Sunnyside'sRomero stars vs. American - Tucson Citizen Morgue, Part 1 (2006-2009)". July 7, 2007. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  2. ^ "Diminutive Apache hits eight 3-pointers, is area's top scorer - Tucson Citizen Morgue, Part 1 (2006-2009)". December 12, 2006. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  3. ^ "Pima baseball team to count on newcomers this season - Tucson Citizen Morgue, Part 1 (2006-2009)". January 17, 2009. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  4. ^ OSU (June 8, 2010). "MLB Draft 2010: Oregon State third baseman Stefen Romero picked by Seattle Mariners". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "Minor league spotlight: Former Oregon State infielder Stefen Romero signs with Seattle Mariners, eyes the future". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  6. ^ "Mariners name INF Stefen Romero Minor League Player of the Year; RHP Carter Capps named Pitcher of the Year". May 24, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  7. ^ Stone, Larry (February 21, 2013). "Stefen Romero is a prospect to watch this spring". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  8. ^ Stone, Larry (April 3, 2013). "Mariners set minor-league rosters: Zunino, Hultzen, Paxton in AAA, Walker in AA | Hot Stone League". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  9. ^ "Mariners add four to 40-man roster before deadline". November 20, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Romero makes Mariners' opening-day roster". March 30, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  11. ^ Divish, Ryan (October 1, 2012). "Two very different starts for Stefen Romero, Corey Hart | Mariners". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  12. ^ "Stefen Romero's strong spring forcing Mariners to consider him for spot on opening-day roster". The Seattle Times. March 15, 2016. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "Rainiers preview: Stefen Romero, James Jones start back with Tacoma after lengthy stints in Seattle". Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  14. ^ "Mariners send James Paxton, Chris Taylor, Stefen Romero to Tacoma, hand fifth starter's job to Nathan Karns". The Seattle Times. March 28, 2016. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  15. ^ Polishuk, Mark (November 19, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 11/19/16". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  16. ^ Adams, Steve (November 24, 2016). "Stefen Romero To Sign With Japan's Orix Buffaloes". Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  17. ^ "Ex-Mariners OF Romero signs new deal in Japan". ESPN. Retrieved August 6, 2017.

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