The high school baseball season might be over, but the summer is just starting to heat up for Drew Romo.
The Woodlands’ senior-to-be catcher is one of the top high school prospects in the country at his position and will be participating in some special events over the next two months.
Romo, who was recently named the All-Montgomery County Defensive MVP, was selected to the 2019 Under Armour All-America Game to compete against 40 of the top high school players from across North America.
The game will be played at 2 p.m. Monday, July 22, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill., and will be live broadcast on MLB Network. Players from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico are eligible to participate in the event, which will hold its 12th rendition this summer.
“That was really awesome to play at Wrigley Field,” Romo said. “That’s one of the best stadiums there is, and I played there last summer with USA Baseball, so to be able to go back, it’s going to be an amazing feeling. I’m definitely blessed to be able to do that. The competition is going to be amazing, and I love the city of Chicago, so it will be fun going back there.”
Under Armour All-Americans are selected by a committee of Baseball Factory scouts and will compete in an American vs. National team match-up. The Under Armour All-America Baseball Game caps off a three-day, all-encompassing baseball experience staffed by some of the game’s best players and coaches, including a formal workout in front of Major League Baseball scouts and a home run derby.
Since the game’s inception in 2008, 365 of the 399 draft eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Game have been selected in the MLB Amateur Draft including 108 first round picks.
Romo is joining an exclusive list of players from Montgomery County to participate in the annual contest. Jameson Taillon (The Woodlands, 2009), Bryan Brickhouse (The Woodlands, 2010), Luken Baker (Oak Ridge, 2014) and Jordan Groshans (Magnolia, 2017). All four of those local players who participated in the game went on to be drafted. Taillon and Groshans were both first-round picks, and Taillon was the Opening Day starter for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season.
Romo also participated in another all-star game on Saturday, competing with his USA Baseball National Team comrades in the High School All-Star Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The group of 40 players will eventually be cut down to a 20-man roster that will head to Korea to compete in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.
Romo qualified for the game after participating in an 80-player Prospect Development Pipeline League at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., earlier this summer. That group was cut down to 40 players, who competed in Cleveland over the weekend.
“We were there for about three weeks, and it was great, so much fun,” Romo said. “Meeting all those 80 guys from everywhere across the country was super fun, and the competition was really good, and the coaching was really good. I think the best thing was all the resources they had. The coaching was just amazing, and they brought in a lot of those former major leaguers and future Hall of Famers — Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones. It was amazing. We all got to learn so much, and it really helped me as a player and as a person.”
The 18U National Team will be playing for its record-fifth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal after winning the last four events. The program has won eight straight international tournament titles dating back to 2011. Romo was a part of the team that took gold last year and is hoping to contribute once again. The National Team trials will be held Aug. 13-17 in Los Angeles, Calif.
“Wearing the ‘USA’ across my chest, it’s a feeling that I never experienced before,” Romo said. “Last year, it was definitely the most amazing things I’ve experienced, and hopefully this year I can make the team again. It’s definitely something I want to experience again, going to Taiwan and South Korea. The trials are going to be more difficult than last year. I think our class is really deep and really loaded, the 2020 class.”
Romo will also be participating in the Area Code Games, a national showcase held Aug. 5-9 in Long Beach, Calif.
Romo had another standout season this spring playing for The Woodlands and coach Ron Eastman. The LSU commit hit .397 with a .484 on-base percentage. He finished his junior campaign with 17 doubles, four home runs, 35 RBIs and 20 walks. Romo was also a menace for opponents behind the plate, posting a .993 fielding percentage and throwing out 11 would-be base stealers.
Romo helped the Highlanders capture the outright District 15-6A championship and advance to the regional semifinals where they lost to McKinney Boyd.