Phillies and MLB Draft: 1st-Round prospect cut by college team
Phillies fans shouldn’t expect to see this player on their ballclub anytime soon
Last month we highlighted multiple high school and collegiate prospects the Phillies could target in the MLB Draft. One of those players is now no longer with his team after multiple suspensions.
University of Houston starting pitcher Seth Romero was projected to be a high draft pick, but off the field concerns have plagued his draft stock. Romero filled several of the holes I desired to fill through the draft; a college lefty who can make a big league roster after one offseason.
On Wednesday the program announced Romero was no longer with the team after an undisclosed incident during the week.
"“Due to an event Tuesday, along with previous conduct detrimental to the team, Seth Romero has been removed from the Houston Baseball program. I appreciate [athletic director] Hunter Yurachek’s support of my decision for our program to move forward without Seth,” coach Todd Whitting said in a statement.“We wish Seth and his family the best of luck as he embarks on the next phase of his life and baseball career. We are fully focused on our remaining schedule and the current members of our program.”"
Previous suspensions were reportedly drug related, including a picture of Romero holding a bong while in uniform. He’d just recently been reinstated by the university from a previous suspension.
Romero was the Cougars opening day starter and leaves the team with 85 strikeouts in less than 50 innings pitched.
Next: Phillies and Carlos Ruiz: Top 51 Moments for Chooch
Expect Romero to fall out of the first round of the MLB Draft entirely, while some teams may take the lefty off their draft boards.