MLB.com is reporting that the Colorado Rockies have signed their second first round draft pick of 2020, catcher Drew Romo.
Jim Callis of MLB.com is reporting that the Colorado Rockies have signed high-school catcher Drew Romo to a deal for the full slot value of $2,095,800. With signing Romo, the Rockies have now signed all six of their 2020 Draft picks.
Romo, 18, was drafted 35th overall in the 2020 Draft that was held three weeks ago. He just graduated from The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas, which is a suburb of Houston. He was also a starter on USA’s National Team for each of the last two seasons.
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Romo was committed to playing at LSU collegiately before signing with the Rockies. He was regarded as the best defensive catcher in the entire draft and one of a few sure-fire MLB players due to that defense. Perfect Game scouted Romo as the best defensive player in the draft, overall, regardless of position or age.
During the draft, former Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd rated Romo on a scouting scale of 20-80 and he ranked his hitting a 50, his power a 55, running ability a 40, and his fielding a 60. Jim Callis is not as high on Romo as O’Dowd is, particularly in the hitting and power departments, but he said that Romo is a “great leader,” he has a “high baseball IQ,” and he has the potential to become an All-Star if his bat develops more.
Romo is the highest-drafted catcher in Colorado Rockies history as, previously, the Rockies’ highest-drafted catcher was Tom Murphy, who was drafted in 2012 in the 3rd round of the draft. In the draft, in general, teams usually haven’t been successful at drafting catchers in the first round as, since 1991, only Joe Mauer has had a WAR of 5.0 or more after being drafted as a catcher.
You can check out more on Romo’s scouting report here.
In their 60-man roster pool, the Rockies already have five catchers so it will interesting to see if they add Romo, their sixth catcher, to the pool or not.