Nationals prospect Seth Romero underwent Tommy John surgery last week, as first reported by Todd Dybas of TheSportsCapitol.com. Washington’s first-round draft selection in 2017, Romero made just seven starts this season , with his last outing coming back on Aug. 16. Given the timing of the surgery, Romero figures to miss all of the 2019 season. The 22-year-old posted a 3.91 ERA with a 34-to-8 K/BB ratio, three homers allowed and a 43.5 percent ground-ball rate in 25 1/3 frames for the Nats’ Class-A affiliate in 2018.
Romero is typically regarded as one of the Nats’ seven best prospects, though in addition to now being faced with the recovery from a major surgery, he’s drawn questions regarding his makeup. Romero was kicked off the University of Houston baseball team prior to the MLB draft in 2017 following multiple violations of team rules, reportedly including a failed drug test and a physical altercation with a teammate. Adding onto that, Fangraphs’ Eric Longenhagen wrote when ranking the Nationals’ prospects back in March — Romero placed fifth — that the lefty was sent home from Spring Training due to curfew violations.
Just about any scouting report on Romero will tout his plus fastball and a potentially plus slider, and his changeup draws some potentially above-average ratings as well. Baseball Prospectus even slotted Romero in as the game’s No. 76 prospect prior to the current season. He placed sixth among Washington prospects on Baseball America’s midseason re-ranking of the system, while MLB.com currently has him seventh.