Found March 29, 2013 on On The Way Home:
When the Toronto Blue Jays selected Ricky Romero with the 6th pick of the 2005 draft in 2006, they envisioned a bright future for the southpaw. After parts of 5 seasons in the minor leagues, he made his debut in April 2009, and did nothing but impress Toronto executives and fans. From ’09 to ’11, his win total increased each year from 13 to 15, while his ERA decreased from 4.30 to 2.92. He was proclaimed the staff ace in 2012, being awarded with the Opening Day start, but just a year later, he’s being sent to the minor leagues instead of heading north with the team. What happened? Romero had a rough 2012, as did most Blue Jay pitchers; a year removed from an All-Star appearance and placing 10th in AL Cy Young voting, the left-hander struggled to a 9-14 record, 5.77 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and 124 strikeouts in 181 innings pitched (32 starts). Most of his statistics last year were career-lows, but the most alarming one out of his troubled season is the 105 walks he allowed, a career and lea...
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