SEATTLE – Former Oregon State infielder Stefen Romero was named the Seattle Mariners’ Minor League Player of the Year on Wednesday.
Romero, who played for Oregon State from 2009-10, split the season between Single-A High Desert and Double-A Jackson. He batted .352 for the season, in 116 games, and drove in 101 runs on the strength of 34 doubles, seven triples and 23 home runs. He played in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game (Single-A) in June, a year after being named the Mariners’ Single-A Player of the Year after spending the season with Low-A Clinton.
Baseball America named Romero a second-team All-Star for all of the Minor Leagues in September.
He will soon be playing for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League. He is one of five former Beavers who will play in the prestigious fall league this year.
He played in 103 games for the Beavers from 2009-10, and collected 28 doubles, four triples and 18 home runs in his two seasons in Corvallis. Romero helped guide Oregon State to a Fort Worth Regional berth in 2009 and a trip to Gainesville, Fla., in the 2010 postseason – those appearances began a streak of four straight NCAA Tournament trips for the Beavers, the longest stretch in school history.