Clinton LumberKings RHP Tommy Romero was one of two prospects the Seattle Mariners traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Denard Span and closer Alex Colome on Friday. That was followed by another Rays trade involving a former Midwest Leaguer.
Romero went 3-3 with a 2.45 ERA, 54 strikeouts and 15 walks in 44 innings/nine starts for the LumberKings this season. The Rays announced he will be assigned to the Bowling Green Hot Rods, who beat Romero in his May 2 start at Clinton’s Ashford University Field. His most recent start was on Wednesday vs. the Burlington Bees; he took the loss after giving up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Span played for the Quad City River Bandits in 2004, when he was a Minnesota Twins prospect. He batted .267 with four doubles, three triples, 14 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 64 games.
Colome was a starter for the Hot Rods in 2010. He went 6-6 with a 3.95 ERA, 118 strikeouts and 45 walks in 114 innings/22 starts.
After the trade involving Romero, the Rays swapped RHP Peter Bayer for RHP Wilmer Font from the Oakland Athletics. Bayer pitched for the Hot Rods last season, going 2-3 with a 4.84 ERA, 95 strikeouts and 48 walks in 67 innings (25 games/four starts).