The Phillies are going with a junior college left-hander with their fourth round pick, and they're going to a pretty well-known junior college at that. JoJo Romero, a 6'0" southpaw, could be a back end of the rotation guy, but many see him as a bullpen piece due to questions about durability.
Romero attended Yavapai College this past year after spending a year at Nevada with the Wolfpack. He graduated from Oxnard High School in California.
Romero was listed at #158 on the BA 500, and #124 on MLB.com's top 200 draft prospects.
Per MLB.com, Romero has been effective with a four-pitch arsenal:
Yavapai, a junior college in Arizona, has had a top-notch baseball program for years, helping produce big leaguers like Curt Schilling and, currently, Kole Calhoun, Kirby Yates and Ken Giles. Romero, who transferred from the University of Nevada after his freshman year, has the chance to follow in their footsteps.
Romero has a four-pitch mix that he knows how to use effectively. He'll throw both a two- and four-seam fastball, with the former sitting in the 89-91 mph range and the latter touching 94-95 mph at times. While his curveball was his best secondary pitch at the start of his spring, his slider and changeup have improved and perhaps surpassed the curve at this point. He is capable of throwing all of his pitches for strikes.
There have been some concerns about his durability and some think he might end up in a bullpen. Though he is just six feet tall, there are teams that think he has the chance to be a back-end starter at the highest level. Willie Calhoun was taken in the fourth round out of Yavapai a year ago and Romero has the chance to do just as well.