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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Josh Romanski (Credit: Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Josh Romanski
School:University of San Diego
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:180 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/29-03/02/08
Game(s):USD Tournament

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Romanski has a smooth stroke with a polished and advanced approach at the plate. His hands work, but he doesn't use the whole field.
Power:He's got some power, especially to the pull side, but it may be generated more by metal bats than strength or bat speed.
Running Speed:He's an average runner, though nagging injuries in the past have kept him from going full tilt.
Base Running:Not a bad baserunner, but he hasn't been seen going all out on the basepaths.
Arm Strength:He's pretty close to average from the outfield as he generally clocks in at 87-90 mph from the mound when he pitches.
Fielding:He's got above-average instincts in the outfield and usually plays center when he's playing a position, though he doesn't really profile there as a pro.
Range:He gets good jumps and reads the ball well off the bat, allowing him to cover a lot of ground.
Physical Description:Romanski is a solid, fairly athletic outfielder who carries himself like he belongs in the pro game.
Medical Update:Basically healthy, though nagging injuries like a hip flexor and a hamstring problem have slowed him in the past.
Strengths:His solid approach at the plate with a smooth swing.
Weaknesses:None of his offensive tools jump out -- he may have just gap power and he doesn't really profile into one defensive position.
Summary:There is some debate over Romanski's value, whether it's higher on the mound or in the outfield. He's got a solid hitting approach with occasional power and he's OK in center field, though few think he could play there every day at the next level. He might be a bit of a tweener who ends up being a pretty good fourth OF one day.