Nationals send home top pick from last year

The Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Washington Nationals sent Seth Romero, last year’s first-round draft choice, home from camp for an unspecified violation of team policy.

This isn’t the first time Romero has been in trouble.

During his final season at the University of Houston, the Cougars kicked Romero off the team for a violation of team rules. Projected as an early first-round pick, Romero was selected by the Nationals at pick No. 25.

The youngster had been on the minor league side of Nationals camp. GM Mike Rizzo didn’t offer a timeframe for Romero’s return.

Romero pitched in one game for the Nationals’ rookie league team and six for Auburn, their short-season Class A team, last season, posting an 0-1 record with a 4.91 ERA in 22 innings.

The left-hander went 4-5 with a 3.51 ERA as a junior at the University of Houston before being kicked off the team in May. Romero throws a fastball which can reach 95 mph, a slider and a change-up.


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