Stefen Romero

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

Stefen Romero
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Romero with the Orix Buffaloes
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – No. 99
Right fielder
Born: (1988-10-17) October 17, 1988 (age 31)
Tucson, Arizona
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 1, 2014, for the Seattle Mariners
NPB: March 31, 2017, for the Orix Buffaloes
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average.195
Home runs4
Runs batted in17
NPB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Batting average.268
Home runs69
Runs batted in192



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] In 2009, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[4] He had a .326 batting average in 2010, and was named to the All-Pac-10 Conference First Team.

Seattle MarinersEdit

The Seattle Mariners selected Romero in the 12th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.[5][6]

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.[7][8] 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.[9] Romero was added to the Mariners 40-man roster on November 20, 2013.[10]

In 2014, Romero made the Mariners' Opening Day roster,[11] and had his major league debut on April 1.[12] He struggled, batting .192 in 73 games.[13] He began the 2015 and 2016 seasons with Tacoma.[14][15]

On November 19, 2016, the Mariners released Romero to pursue an opportunity to play in Japan.[16]

Orix BuffaloesEdit

He signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball's Pacific League on November 24.[17] He signed a three-year contract extension with the Buffaloes on August 4, 2017, earning $2.5 million per season.[18]

On December 2, 2019, he become free agent.[19]

Tohoku Rakuten Golden EaglesEdit

On January 27, 2020, Romero signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball(NPB).[20] On February 15, 2020, he held press conference.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

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. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  5. ^ OSU (June 8, 2010). "MLB Draft 2010: Oregon State third baseman Stefen Romero picked by Seattle Mariners". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  6. ^ "Minor league spotlight: Former Oregon State infielder Stefen Romero signs with Seattle Mariners, eyes the future". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ Stone, Larry (February 21, 2013). "Stefen Romero is a prospect to watch this spring". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Mariners add four to 40-man roster before deadline". November 20, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Romero makes Mariners' opening-day roster". March 30, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  12. ^ Divish, Ryan (October 1, 2012). "Two very different starts for Stefen Romero, Corey Hart | Mariners". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "Rainiers preview: Stefen Romero, James Jones start back with Tacoma after lengthy stints in Seattle". Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ Polishuk, Mark (November 19, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 11/19/16". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  17. ^ Adams, Steve (November 24, 2016). "Stefen Romero To Sign With Japan's Orix Buffaloes". Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  18. ^ "Ex-Mariners OF Romero signs new deal in Japan". ESPN. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  19. ^ "2019年度 自由契約選手". 日本野球機構 (in Japanese). Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  20. ^ "ステフェン・ロメロ選手 契約合意に関して". 東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス オフィシャルサイト (in Japanese). January 27, 2020. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  21. ^ "ロメロ選手の入団記者会見を行いました". 東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス オフィシャルサイト (in Japanese). February 15, 2020. Retrieved March 6, 2020.

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