Mar 18, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker takes the ball from starting pitcher Ricky Romero (24) in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers in a spring training exhibition game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Romero, Stroman assigned to Toronto Blue Jays’ minor league camp

The Toronto Blue Jays announced today on Twitter that starting pitchers Ricky Romero and Marcus Stroman have been assigned to minor league camp.

Both players were non-roster invitees to major league spring training and were considered long shots to make the team. Romero, 29, looked like he may have found something early in camp but quickly unraveled in his first start yesterday. In 9.2 innings this spring, he’s walked ten batters with six strikeouts and has allowed four earned runs. He still need to work on pitching in the strike zone consistently if he ever wants to make it back to the Show.

Stroman, 22, also looked good early but has been hit hard in his last couple of outings. A bit more time in Triple-A likely won’t hurt as it appears he’ll need at least a bit more seasoning before he’s truly ready to come up. In 9.2 innings this spring, he’s allowed 15 earned runs (including three home runs) with four walks and eight strikeouts.

The Blue Jays seem to be sticking to their strategy of holding on to players without options, which has been made slightly easier by the lack of legitimate competition from players not currently on the 25-man active roster. It seems a bit strange to me that non-roster invite pitchers Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Walden are still at major league camp but their days are likely numbered and will likely be among the next few players cut.

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  • RyanMueller

    One knock on stroman as we all know is his height which makes his fastball flatten out. Is it possible his stuff was simply not good enough or do you think that his stuff flattened and word got around or is it just inexperience?

    • Michael Wray

      I wouldn’t say that his stuff isn’t good enough but he does have less margin for error because of his height and needs to keep the ball down in the zone and on the corners to be effective. I think inexperience played a factor because he’s realized you can’t miss up in the zone to big league hitters but at the same time I’m trying not to read too much into it, he didn’t walk a ton of batters and might have just been having a bad week.

  • McQ50

    Romero really didn’t find anything early in camp as most people in Rogers want you to believe. I would say the batters he faced were not the greatest, Romero’s Opponent Quality was at 8.2 only ahead of Esmil. The batting order he faced yesterday was more than likely going to be the opening day roster for the Tigers beside no Miguel Cabrera, and it showed that RR was not where they wanted you to believe. There is nothing more than I would love to see Ricky knocking on the door for a spot in the rotation but he needs to figure it out in Buffalo not the Majors. Stroman seems like he has something besides his stature, I don’t mind them sending him to the minor camp. I know people say its a service time thing and more team control but I believe he needs to go to triple A to for a bit more seasoning. Lets not rush him so once he comes up he is up for good.