Thursday, July 7, 2005

Romero Get Monthly Award

New Britain outfielder Alex Romero was named Twins' Minor League Player of the Month for June, 2005.

The Cats everyday left-fielder, who was left off the Eastern League All-Star roster, made a complete turnaround from May.

In May, the Maracaibo, Vz., native, only batted .198 in his 27 games. He hit only two home runs while driving in 11. In all, Romero saw his batting average dip from .266 to .225.

"There were some issues about his mental toughness," Rock Cats' coach Stan Cliburn said of Romero in May. "It's not a good feeling and I think it hit home."

June has been a different story all together for the 21-year old slugger. He played in all 30 games this month, compiling a .342 batting average in 114 at-bats. He hit six home runs, which was two more than he had all season.

The 6', 175 pound lefty, finally began to utilize his ability to hit the ball into gaps by slugging 15 extra-base hits. Batting mostly from the six hole, Romero swung at a .596 clip with an on base percentage of .375.