The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Rayber Romero has been suspended for 60 games, which will cover the entire 2022 season. He was slated to play for the Florida Complex League Pirates this season. He tested positive for Stanozolol.
Romero, who just turned 20 years old over the weekend, has mostly played second base during his career, but he has also played left field, shortstop and third base. He debuted in pro ball in 2019 in the Dominican Summer League, where he hit .314/.439/.400 in 31 games. After the canceled 2020 season, he moved up to the FCL last year, where he batted .270/.447/.324 in 39 games, with 31 walks and 31 runs scored. He has been at Pirate City this year.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
When ate we going to see the DSL and FCL rosters and schedules?
I wonder if they knew it was coming, in which case surprised they didn’t pull a Bae move where they “rostered” him on a full season club. But he’s also probably not Bae upside.
I don’t think it would have mattered. The suspension would be based on the league. It was made 60 games because he was on the FCL roster and their season is 60 games. If he was on Bradenton, it would have been 80 games, so it’s actually better to leave him down there. He can still join Bradenton later in the season now if they want to do that.
He’s probably going to play a lot anyway in those backfield games at Pirate City. Won’t get paid for it, but he can play
I was just about to ask whether he would be allowed to stay at Pirate City. It’s not a huge deal in the long run assuming he learns his lesson.