A fourth-round selection by the Atlanta Braves in the 2003 draft, Jamie Romak has spent the majority of his career in the Minors. The utility player joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014, which marked the fifth different organization he’s played for.
Prior to this season, Romak’s only Major-League experience was four pinch-hit at-bats with the Kansas City Royals in 2012. He played 108 games with Triple-A Albuquerque and finished with a slash of .280/.335/.538 to go with 24 home runs and 85 RBIs.
Romak was particularly productive for the Isotopes in May when he hit .303 and the Pacific Coast League with 10 home runs, six doubles and 18 RBIs in 25 games. His play earned him a Dodger Pride Award for the month and a promotion to the Majors May 28 and he played 15 games for the Dodgers.
Romak appeared in six games before making his first start as a Dodger on June 8 at Coors Field. His debut came in a game that was called after six innings due to rain, but Romak and the Dodgers accomplished plenty prior to that taking place.
With the Dodgers leading 3-1 in the top of the sixth, Romak came to the plate with two on and two outs. His first career hit as a Dodger was a bases-clearing double and he then scored on Miguel Rojas’ first career base hit.
The Dodgers went on to win, 6-1, and Clayton Kershaw was credited with a six-inning complete game.
Romak was designated for assignment in June when the Dodgers added Clint Robinson to the roster; he cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A. Romak figures to spend next season toiling in the Minors and may see time at the big league level if injuries once again ransack the Dodgers’ roster.
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