INDIANAPOLIS — Third baseman Deibinson (DAY-bin-sin) Romero has been named the Indianapolis Indians’ Player of the Month for April. He was presented with the award – a custom-made watch courtesy of Windsor Jewelry – prior to tonight’s 7:05 p.m. home game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Romero projected as the top-rated free agent prior to the 2015 season and made his organization debut as one of the most dangerous power hitters in the International League through the first month of the campaign. The 28 year old led the Indians and ranked tied for third in the IL with four homers, including two in one game on April 20 at Columbus, while producing the league’s second-best slugging percentage of .640. He was also one of only two Tribe batters to produce double-digit RBIs in April, and his team-high 14 runs driven in were good for a share of the third-best total during the season’s opening month.
“Deibinson made some nice adjustments toward the end of Spring Training in big league camp and he’s carried it into the season with him real well,” Indians hitting coach Butch Wynegar said. “He can use the whole field to hit, he’s got some power in his bat”
Beginning April 18, Romero hit safely in what still ranks as the Tribe’s current season-best hitting streak of eight straight games, through April 28. His produced four multi-hit and multi-RBI efforts during the impressive stretch, and collected both a hit and at least one RBI in seven of those eight games.
The Dominican Republic native capped April with a .320 batting average (16-for-50), four doubles, four homers, 10 runs scored, 14 RBIs and 13 walks. He reached base safely in 15 of 17 games to rank second among International League hitters and 10th in all of Minor League baseball with his .463 on-base percentage.
As of May 2, Romero is batting .302 (16-for-53) with eight extra-base hits and 15 RBIs. He boasts a .437 OBP and is currently second in the league in slugging (.604).