Orlando Roman Signs, With Yakult?

» 02 January 2012 » In npb »

The other day, Scot Drucker tweeted that Orlando Roman signed with a Japanese team. On the same day, Daily Sports reported that Yakult was looking into signing Roman, so, putting two and two together… I’ll surmise that Roman has signed with Yakult.

I’ll admit that I had never heard of Roman prior to Drucker’s tweet, but his b-ref page indicates that he’s a hard working minor league veteran, a 31st-round draft pick who reached 3A at age 27, and has played in Mexico and in Taiwan with the Brother Elephants in recent years. It’s always nice to see  hard work pay off for this type of player, and I hope he does well in Japan.

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  1. Patrick
    02/01/2012 at 7:45 am Permalink

    So that makes Milledge, Balentien, Barnette, Lim and Roman for the birds.

    I don’t think Barnette will go back to being a starter, so that means the birds probably look to Roman as something like a #5 guy in the rotation?

    How was Roman’s career with 兄弟?

  2. Patrick
    02/01/2012 at 5:03 pm Permalink

    I would guess that the first four guys on your list are the opening day foreign roster, with Roman at ni-gun for depth. Yakult did that with Eulogio de la Cruz a couple years ago.

    Two minutes of Googling indicates Roman won 16 games at struck out 161 in Taiwan in 2011. Will have to dig for more.