Cedar Rapids, IA (May 26, 2018) - The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners, have received left-handed pitcher Orlando Razo following a trade that sent right-handed pitcher Tommy Romero to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Mariners packaged Romero along with pitcher Andrew Moore in a deal with the Rays that brought back outfielder Denard Span and right-handed pitcher Alex Colome to the Mariners.
Romero, 20, was one of the LumberKings most effective starters this season. He owned the lowest ERA, 2.45, among all Clinton starters at the time of the trade and leaves with the third highest strikeout per nine inning ratio, 11.05, in the Midwest League. Romero made nine starts for Clinton this season going 3-3 with a 2.45 ERA while striking out 54 and walking 15.
Razo, 23, comes to Clinton from Extended Spring Training and will be given the ball in one of the LumberKings doubleheader games this Saturday. The lefty was taken by the Mariners in the 16th round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of UC Davis. He spent the first season of his professional career pitching for the Arizona League Mariners where he worked primarily out of the bullpen. Razo made 14 appearances last year, only one as a starter, and went 1-2 with an 8.56 ERA while walking 14 and striking out 26.
The LumberKings will meet the Cedar Rapids Kernels for the first of back-to-back doubleheaders on Saturday night. Game one is scheduled for 5:05 PM with the second game to follow approximately 30 minuetes follwong the final out of game one.
Clinton will throw right-hander Ryne Inman (1-2, 4.10) and lefty Razo (0-0, 0.00) while the Kernels will throw righty Brusdar Graterol (2-0, 0.93) with their game two starter yet to be announced.
About the LumberKings
The LumberKings, the only remaining Charter Member of the Midwest League, are in their 63rd season in the league and their 10th as an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Since the club's inception in 1937, 280 former Clinton players have made it to the Major Leagues. The LumberKings play at historic Ashford University Field located off 6th Avenue North at 537 Ballpark Drive. Advertising and tickets for the 2018 season are available by calling (563) 242-0727 or by visiting lumberkings.com