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Tuesday, June 05, 2012
And now, he's a Dodger! (Well, a "Lookout" to start)
SAINTS HAVE ANOTHER PITCHER SIGNED, WES ROEMER HEADED TO DODGERS (Thanks to the Saints for the photo)
JUNE 05, 2012 AT 2:18 PM
LITTLE FALLS, NJ (June 5, 2012) – The St. Paul Saints are in the midst of their longest roadtrip of the season. Not only do they not have the comforts of home living out of a suitcase since May 28 and now they will be without the comforts of one of their best starting pitchers as Wes Roemer had his contract purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 25-year-old Roemer has been spectacular this season. He is 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA in four starts. In 27.2 innings he’s allowed 11 runs (eight earned) while walking just three and striking out 18. He is currently third in the American Association in innings pitched and sixth in ERA. The Dodgers are scheduled to send him to Double-A Chattanooga.
Roemer had a solid season at Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno in 2011. He went 8-8 with a 4.39 ERA and one complete game in 28 games (27 starts). In 164.0 innings he walked 45 and struck out 115. He was named to the 2011 Southern League All-Star team. While he only pitched four games at Triple-A he was 0-1 with a 3.70 ERA in those four starts while walking five and striking out 18 in 24.1 innings.
The right-handed Roemer was drafted as a compensatory pick, the 50th pick overall by the Diamondbacks in the 2007 June Amateur Draft out of Cal State Fullerton. He pitched the first five years of his career in the Diamondbacks organization and after spending 2007 at Low-A Yakima as a reliever, he was moved to the starting rotation in 2008 at High-A Visalia. He recorded a career high 12 wins between two stops in 2009 (High-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile) and split 2010 between Mobile and Reno.
In 2006, his sophomore season at Cal State Fullerton, he was named Collegiate Baseball’s Co-National Player of the Year and didn’t allow a walk in his first 65.2 innings pitched and finished with a 21:1 strikeout to walk ratio (145:7).
This is the second pitcher the Saints have had purchased this season. Closer Dan Sattler was signed by the Minnesota Twins on May 29 and was just promoted to Single-A Fort Myers.
During their 20 seasons the Saints have had 106 contracts purchased totaling 101 different players, seven of which were sold to international teams and 17 have reached the ultimate level of the Major Leagues.
Per league rules the Saints may carry just three rookies on their roster. For every two players that have their contract purchased a team has the ability to carry one less rookie than the league maximum of four.
The Saints roster now stands at 21, one less than the league maximum of 22, nine pitchers and 12 position players.