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February 15, 2008 February 14, 2008

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Keller Talks About New Players: Late yesterday afternoon, I spoke to Camden’s Director of Baseball Operations, David Keller, about the Riversharks two newest acquisitions.

Right handed pitchers Robert Romero and Judd Songster were both signed by the club earlier this week, and Keller gave me some info on both of them.

Songster has seven years of experience in the Rockies system, and topped out at Triple-A. His fastball can touch 90 miles per hour, and he has an extensive repertoire of secondary pitches. But Keller said he wouldn’t necessarily describe him as a finesse pitcher.

However, I was particularly intrigued by Romero, who Keller told me can throw in the low to mid 90’s. Pitchers with that kind of velocity are rare in the Atlantic League, and usually don’t last that long. They do last, however, if they have control issues, and Keller said that would be Romero’s biggest hurdle.

“Hopefully he can harness his stuff,” Keller told me.

Keller was confident that if any adjustments need to be made, that Riversharks pitching coach Dick Such would be up to the task.

Keller described Romero as a “young, power arm” with a very good breaking ball. And while it’s his fastball that people will be pointing towards, Keller accurately noted that Romero doesn’t need to be pitching in the mid 90’s to be effective in the Atlantic League.

If you look at Romero’s past professional experience, you’ll see it’s quite brief. He had a somewhat impressive flame-out for someone drafted in the seventh round, lasting just 27 games after an apparent suspension by the Angels. He only appeared in four games in 2007, last pitching in late April.

As for the stuff you guys really care about, Keller said that the team has a lot of contracts out right now, but couldn’t point to a specific timeframe in which future announcements will be made regarding player signings.

He did tell me that there will be a group of returning players among them, and with Camden finishing a game away from a spot in the Championship Series last year, that could be bad news for the rest of the league.

Coming Tomorrow: I spoke to one of the York Revolution’s newest players today, C Kevin Kotch. Which Atlantic League team has he followed since middle school? And does the A-Ball catcher think he’ll be overmatched at the highest level of independent baseball?

I’ll have all the answers tomorrow… – Mike Ashmore

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