In fact, some of the players the scout for the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau liked then had bad stats, he told the site.
"I like them because of their projection," Romay told the site. "I like them because their body. I like them because of what they could do in the future. We're scouting guys for the goal of them getting to the big leagues when they are in their 20's, not right now."
Years earlier, Romay found himself as the one scouted. And the Mariners liked him enough to take him in the fifth round of the draft. Romay played in five pro seasons. He never made the goal of the majors.
Romay, however, has since gone on to a long career as a scout, finding those players who could make the bigs.
Romay's career as a player began in 1989, taken by the Mariners out of Miami Senior High School.
Romay's own high school resume included work on defense. He won the Mr. Defense Award as both a junior and senior, according to his Bellingham card.
He started with the Mariners at short-season Bellingham. He hit .116 over 37 games in 1989, then .235 over 55 games there in 1990.
Romay then moved to high-A Peninsula for 1991. He knocked in a run on a single in a May game. He saw 41 games in all and hit .178.
Romay played 1992 with the Dodgers between high-A Bakersfield and Vero Beach. He hit .205 over 55 games. After a season off, Romay played one final season with the Marlins in 1994 at high-A Brevard County. He hit .230 over 43 games to end his career.
His playing career over, Romay turned to scouting. He spent 14 years with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau. He then joined the Red Sox as a scout in late-2012.
- Broward High School Baseball, April 15, 2012: The High School Baseball Scouting Process Revealed
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