WINNIPEG, MB – Winnipeg Goldeyes’ outfielder Josh Romanski has been voted the 2017 American Association Player of the Year.
Entering Monday’s regular season finale, Romanski has played in 97 of 99 possible games. The Anaheim, California native ranks tied for third in the American Association in batting average (.327), tied for fifth in runs scored (74), fourth in doubles (27), and tied for second in RBI (81). Romanski has hit 11 home runs, drawn 45 walks against just 51 strikeouts, and stolen 10 bases. The left-handed hitting Romanski owns a .400 batting average with runners in scoring position (115 at bats) and a .390 average with two outs and runners in scoring position (41 at bats). The 30-year-old outfielder is also hitting .292 against left-handed pitching (96 at bats). Romanski has played all of his games in the outfield, committing just three errors and collecting five assists.
Romanski has hit safely in 81 of 97 games, including 39 multi-hit contests. On four different occasions, Romanski has strung together a hitting streak of 10 or more games, including three separate career-high 13-game streaks. During the Goldeyes’ season-opener on May 18th at Cleburne, Romanski hit the first home run in the history of The Depot at Cleburne Station. From June 22nd through July 1st, Romanski drove in a run in nine consecutive games. Romanski was voted to the American Association/Can-Am League All-Star Game on July 25th at Ottawa. Romanski was 2-for-4 with a double, and was also selected to participate in the home run derby.
Originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth round in 2008, the early portion of Romanski’s career was spent as a left-handed pitcher. In four seasons on the mound, Romanski was a combined 19-15 with a 3.63 ERA (275.1 innings pitched) in the New York Yankees’ and Chicago White Sox’ organizations from 2010-13.
Romanski–who was an All-American as a two-way player at the University of San Diego–switched to hitting at the professional level with the Gary SouthShore RailCats in 2014. Romanski batted .311 with seven home runs and 60 RBI in 96 contests for the RailCats before spending the 2015 season playing in the Japanese Industrial League. Romanski then signed with the Goldeyes for the 2016 season where he hit .305 with nine home runs and 64 RBI in 91 games.
It is the fourth time a Goldeye has been named the league’s Player of the Year, and the first since Sean Hearn won the honour in the Northern League in 1998. The award was voted on by the American Association field managers and media representatives.
Winnipeg Goldeyes’ Players of the Year
1995 Northern League Player of the Year – Terry Lee
1996 Northern League Player of the Year – Terry Lee
1998 Northern League Player of the Year – Sean Hearn
2017 American Association Player of the Year – Josh Romanski
The Winnipeg Goldeyes conclude the regular season this afternoon against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at 1:05 p.m.
The Goldeyes begin postseason play on Wednesday, September 6th against either the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks or the Lincoln Saltdogs. The Goldeyes will play Games One and Two of the American Association Division Series on the road before returning home for Game Three on Saturday, September 9th at 6:05 p.m. The “if necessary” Games Four and Five will also be played at Shaw Park on Sunday, September 10th (4:05 p.m.) and Monday, September 11th (7:05 p.m.).
Tickets for all Goldeyes postseason home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca/goldeyes, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.
For information on Winnipeg Goldeyes’ season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com