WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes re-signed outfielder Josh Romanski on Tuesday morning.
Romanski hit .305 for the Goldeyes in 2016 with nine home runs and 64 RBI over 91 games played. The Anaheim, California native tied for third in the American Association with 60 walks, and finished with a .409 on-base percentage. On August 16th versus the St. Paul Saints, Romanski delivered one of the most exciting moments of the year with a two-run, walk-off home run in the 10th inning off of former Major Leaguer Caleb Thielbar. It was the completion of a game that had been suspended in July, and saw the Goldeyes rally all the way back from a 9-1 deficit. Romanski proved clutch all season, hitting .370 with two outs and runners in scoring position (54 at bats). The 30-year-old Romanski also hit .356 against left-handed pitchers which was best in the league among left-handed batters (minimum 75 at bats). Just prior to the season, Romanski completed a degree in Communications at the University of San Diego.
“Josh is a baseball player!” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “He does a lot of things really well on offence, and is an above average defender as well. I’m really pleased that he chose to play again.”
Romanski offers one of the most intriguing backgrounds in the American Association. A former fourth-round draft pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008, Romanski went on to have four productive seasons as a left-handed pitcher in the New York Yankees’ and Chicago White Sox’ organizations. The 6-foot, 200-pound Romanski compiled a 3.63 ERA on the mound, spending three seasons at the Double-A level and reaching Triple-A in 2013.
Romanski transitioned to offence after signing with the Gary SouthShore RailCats in 2014. Despite having not hit on a full-time basis since college, Romanski batted .311 for the RailCats with seven home runs and 60 RBI in 96 games. The campaign earned Romanski an overseas opportunity in 2015 with Mitsubishi in the Japanese Industrial League. 2017 will be Romanski’s ninth overall in professional baseball.
The Goldeyes now have five players under contract for the 2017 season. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 6th.
Notes: The Goldeyes shattered the American Association record for team walks last year with 462…the previous record was 438 set by the 2012 Gary SouthShore RailCats…Romanski drew the record-breaking 439th walk on August 31st at St. Paul…fellow Goldeyes Adam Heisler (.330) and Jacob Rogers (.324) ranked second and third respectively for left-handed hitters against left-handed pitchers…Romanski also hit .340 against left-handed pitching with the RailCats in 2014…Romanski’s brother, Jake, is a catcher in the Boston Red Sox’ organization, and was a Double-A Eastern League All-Star in 2016…Romanski was an All-American during all three of his seasons at the University of San Diego from 2006-08…Romanski was a combined 23-6 on the mound for the Toreros while hitting .318
2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
RHP Victor Capellan
3B Wes Darvill
LHP Kevin McGovern
OF/1B David Rohm
OF Josh Romanski
The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2017 season on May 18th on the road against the expansion Cleburne Railroaders. The Goldeyes’ 2017 home opener is Monday, May 29th versus the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park. Season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings for the 2017 season are on sale now. For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com