Rangers Area Code Team Knocks Off Undefeated White Sox AC 3-1
Four Ranger AC pitchers gave up only 5 hits and 1 run and Drew Romo hit a 2-run Home Run as the Ranger AC gave White Sox AC their first loss with a 3-1 win.
Drew Romo (2020, The Woodlands, C) was 2-2 with 2 RBIs and threw out 3 baserunners from his catcher position. Cole Foster (2020, Plano, INF) was 1-1 with a single and a walk.
Chase Hampton (2020, Kilgore, RHP) pitched two innings of scoreless ball, giving up one hit and striking out 3. Starting Pitcher Levi Wells (2020, La Porte, RHP) pitched two innings giving up 2 hits, 0 runs and striking out 2.
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Hitter Of The Day: Drew Romo, C, The Woodlands (Texas) HS (Louisiana State Commit)
We discussed Romo’s defensive exploits on Day 1, but Thursday showed why the switch-hitting prep catcher is considered a top-10 talent in the class and a potential first round-caliber player.
Romo went 2-for-2 at the plate with the first home run of the event at Blair Field—a notoriously difficult park for prep players to go deep in. After hitting a hard single against an 81 mph changeup in his first at-bat as a lefthanded hitter, Romo stepped to the plate against lefthander Logan Wood (Michigan) in his second at-bat.
During conversations with scouts throughout the week, most saw Romo’s lefthanded swing as more fluid, with his righthanded swing being a bit more mechanical despite that being his natural side. However, the power he showed when he connected with an elevated, 86 mph fastball and sent it 368 feet over the left field fence (at 97 mph) let everyone know that he has offensive upside from both sides.
An uber-talented defensive catcher with impact ability as a switch-hitter is a rare profile, and Romo again showed off his arm strength on Thursday. He backpicked Illinois shortstop Ed Howard off of second base, threw out a runner trying to steal second and also nailed a runner trying to steal third. Romo is showcasing a well-rounded game this summer and continuing to cement himself as the top backstop in the prep class.