ST. PAUL, MN (February 28, 2013) – In the last month the St. Paul Saints have signed a former infielder, a former outfielder and now a former pitcher. Wes Roemer, who began the 2012 season with the Saints and then had his contract purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers, re-signed with the Saints for 2013.
The 26-year-old Roemer was superb in his four starts with the Saints in 2012. He was 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA in four starts. In 27.2 innings pitched he walked just three and struck out 18 while opponents hit .274 against him. When he left he was third in the American Association in innings pitched and sixth in ERA. His contract was purchased by the Dodgers on June 5 where he spent the rest of the season at Double-A Chattanooga. He was just as solid there going 4-2 with a 2.73 ERA and one save in 23 relief appearances. In 52.2 innings pitched he walked 17 and struck out 46 while opponents hit .251 against him.
The right-handed Roemer was drafted as a compensatory pick, the 50th pick overall by the Diamondbacks in the 2007 June Amateur Draft out of Cal State Fullerton. He pitched the first five years of his career in the Diamondbacks organization and after spending 2007 at Low-A Yakima as a reliever, he was moved to the starting rotation in 2008 at High-A Visalia. He recorded a career high 12 wins between two stops in 2009 (High-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile) and split 2010 between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno.
Roemer had a solid season at Mobile and Reno in 2011. He went 8-8 with a 4.39 ERA and one complete game in 28 games (27 starts). In 164.0 innings he walked 45 and struck out 115. He was named to the 2011 Southern League All-Star team. While he only pitched four games at Triple-A he was 0-1 with a 3.70 ERA in those four starts while walking five and striking out 18 in 24.1 innings.
In 2006, his sophomore season at Cal State Fullerton, he was named Collegiate Baseball’s Co-National Player of the Year and didn’t allow a walk in his first 65.2 innings pitched and finished with a 21:1 strikeout to walk ratio (145:7).
During the off-season the Saints have signed nine players, six pitchers and three position players. The Saints 2013 season begins on Thursday, May 16 with a 7:05 p.m. home game against the New Jersey Jackals.