When Montgomery County talents Drew Romo and Connor Phillips were selected in the abbreviated MLB Draft last June, there was no telling when the pair would be able to perform for their new respective teams.
Minor ball was canceled due to the pandemic and there was no telling how 2021 was going to go after MLB struggled to the finish line last fall with a neutral site postseason.
But in the great news department, minor league baseball came back this spring and Romo and Phillips are gaining valuable playing experience on the fly.
Romo, selected 35th by the Colorado Rockies straight out of The Woodlands High School, and Phillips, a Magnolia West alum playing for McLennan College, was selected by the Seattle Mariners with the No. 64 pick.
Romo, a catcher, has spent this entire season at Low-A Fresno playing for the Grizzlies. The 19-year-old (soon-to-be 20 next month) has hit safely in six straight games. He’s slashing .311/.344/.463 and has a respectable .807 OPS entering Wednesday.
The former Highlander doubled twice in Tuesday’s game against Lake Elsinore after having not played in 13 days.
Romo has four homers, 27 RBIs, 27 runs and 10 stolen bases.
One of the finest defensive catchers to come through the county, Romo has caught 16 stealing and has 38 assists. He is responsible for just four errors in 374 innings played.
Phillips, 20, is also playing in Low-A for the Modesto Nuts.
The former Mustang has made 10 starts with a 5.30 ERA. Phillips picked up his fourth win on the season last Thursday after going 52/3 with four earned runs allowed and two strikeouts. In seven strikeouts or more in five consecutive starts near the start of the season. He has 56 total strikeouts to 30 walks.
Batters are hitting just .250 against Phillips and he has allowed just one homer the entire season, which occurred in his most recent start.
David Ellingson (College Park), of the Seattle Mariners organization, was promoted to Double-A Arkansas earlier this week. As of Wednesday morning, Ellingson hasn’t made an appearance yet with the Travelers. In 292/3 innings in High-A (Everett), Ellingson was 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA in 20 relief appearances.
Michael Woods (Magnolia) was placed on the Biletnikoff Award (top receiver) watch list. Woods transferred to Oklahoma after three seasons at Arkansas. With the Razorbacks last year as a junior, Woods caught a career-high 619 yards and five touchdowns.