=== Mariner Outfield ===
So, we got three (3) mid-30 tomata cans plus Leonys Martin. Boog Powell is the safety net. SSI can't find the words :- 0 but they had better be closer to "re-load" than "re-build." Which raises the question of how much wisdom is involved when you're "re-loading" a 76-win ballclub.
In fairness, Nelson Cruz is the 5th outfielder. And scoff though Baseball Prospectus might, there are a few bat-first outfielders in the game:
||2015 UZR runs "scored"
|Gerrardo Parra (coveted around the North Puget Sound last month)
||-18.9 (Blue Jays survived him)
|Ben Zobrist (mmmweheheh)
|Adam Eaton*, Shin-Soo Choo, Bryce Harper, Josh Reddick, Michael Brantley
If you can guess what MELKY, Garcia, and Adam Eaton had in common, score yourself a 1350 on your morning SAT's. +50 if you've not yet had your second cuppa. Point is, if DiPoto "solved" our outfield problems by trading for Jose Bautista, we'd be ready to storm the top of the fictional UPI top 25. As it happens, we do have Jose Bautisa lurking.
Less of a bat-first extremity is Stefen Romero, whose speed is about average. Apparently his instincts merit a tryout in center field, no less. Although that would be more for field managers who don't work for Jerry DiPoto.
BaseballHQ gives only his Major League Equivalencies for 2015. They read 77% contact rate, a rather weak EYE, a 100-ish PX and a 100-ish speed score.
What he actually hit for Tacoma in 2015 was .290/.330/.500, this following a short-season 2014 Tacoma in which he hit .360/.390/.670. In between were stints at Seattle in which he his .192 in 200 at-bats.
It is a Bill James Talking Point this winter that in order to contend, a team must push through a few years' worth of struggles on young players. What the Mariners have tended to do, is give a player 40 games, and then retire him without actually celebrating it. If Stefen Romero is in fact David Ortiz, or Shin-Soo Choo, or Asdrubal Cabrera, Michael Morse, or Jason Varitek, we can confidently name at least one ML city that will never know it.
Granted, Romero is 27 now and has been blasting AAA pitchers for several years. So to get the AB's necessary to turn the corner in the bigs, he probably will have to go someplace like Milwaukee. Point is, if it turns out that it is getting late early for Nori Aoki and Seth Smith, then Stefen Romero might easily surprise for us.
Back in July 2012, Dr. D offered a 7-part scouting report on Stefen Romero. No, obviously he doesn't remember it any better than you do. So if you want the aiki-mechanical shtick on him, start here if you please. 10 Second Manager? Romero is unusually relaxed and unhurried at the plate, and has a "moving without motion" stretch between his hands and front foot. I like his swing really good, man.
Here's a video demonstrating that his personality hasn't changed in the batter's box.
Dr's Prognosis: they've got a buzzword around baseball. "Go down and re-establish value." Typically a player like Montero or Romero will have to do this about eleven times. Finally we deal him to Texas and that's when Scott Boras calls.