Left to right: Stefen Romero, Brian Moran
Former Glens Falls Golden Eagles Stefen Romero (2008) and Brian Moran (2007) are among 18 players that have been invited to Major League Spring Training by the Seattle Mariners. The announcement was made by the Mariners on Jan. 11.
Stefen Romero, 24, was Seattle’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2012. He appeared in 116 games between Advanced-A High Desert of the California League and Double-A Jackson of the Southern League. Last season, Romero batted .352 with 23 home runs and 101 RBI. He totaled 167 hits (including 64 extra-base hits), scored 85 runs and registered 284 total bases. The Tucson, Ariz. native topped the entire Seattle farm system in batting average and finished third in batting average among all full season minor leaguers. Romero was also one of 19 minor league swingers to record at least 100 RBI. The Seattle farm hand was named to Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Team and the Topps Double-A All-Star Team.
Most recently, Romero played for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. The 24-year-old smashed 15 hits in 11 games and recorded a .333 batting average. He launched two home runs and drove in nine scores total.
Romero, an all-star with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles in 2008, made his Major League Spring Training debut with the Mariners last season as a minor league call-up. He saw playing time in five games and batted .500 (5-for-10) with two RBI. He registered at least one hit in four of five games and went 2-for-4 in his Spring Training finale against San Diego on Mar. 31.
Brian Moran, 24, was a seventh-round selection of the Mariners in the 2009 Major League draft. He split the 2012 season between the Double-A Jackson Generals and the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. Moran, who appeared in 45 games for Jackson in 2011, helped the Generals to a 2012 first-half North Division championship in the Southern League. The 6-foot-3, southpaw set-up man accrued a 1.14 earned run average over 24 games. He struck out 29 and walked six in 31.2 innings. The Rye, N.Y., native was promoted to Triple-A Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League in late June. Moran, in his first Triple-A season, fanned 53 batters and walked 12 in 37.0 innings. The Tacoma twirler averaged 12.89 strikeouts per nine innings He went 3-3 and converted two saves in 23 overall appearances. The University of North Carolina product finished the 2012 season with 82 total strikeouts and a 2.62 earned run average. Moran walked just 18 batters in 68.2 innings and earned four wins.
Moran spent a portion of November and all of December in the Puerto Rican Winter League with Atenienses de Manati (Manati Athenians). The lefty reliever pitched in 17 games for Manati and went 4-1 with a 3.24 earned run average. Moran struck out 23 PWL hitters and walked five in 25.0 innings worked. He logged a 2.16 ERA over his final 10 games and won three of his final four decisions.
Moran, an all-star with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles in 2007, made his Major League Spring Training debut as a minor league call-up with the Mariners in 2011 against the Milwaukee Brewers.