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James Robert Romak

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Jamie Romak was a 4th-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 2003 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Lonnie Goldberg and debuted as a part-time third baseman for the GCL Braves that year, hitting just .176/.300/.216 in 19 games. He did little better for the 2004 Danville Braves, putting up a .190/.287/.329 line in 48 contests and striking out 56 times in 158 AB.

Returning to Danville in 2005, Romak began to develop, posting a .274/.368/.540 line in 124 AB with 7 homers. He was moved to the outfield that year. In 2006, Jamie batted .247/.369/.471 for the Rome Braves, with 16 home runs and 102 strikeouts.

In January of 2007, he was traded with Adam LaRoche to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for shortstop prospect Brent Lillibridge and closer Mike Gonzalez. Romak was assigned to the Hickory Crawdads and hit .275/.393/.551 with 5 HR, 16 runs and 15 RBI in 20 games, then was promoted to the Lynchburg Hillcats when Steven Pearce moved up to AA. Romak batted .252/.380/.483 for Lynchburg with 15 HR, 55 walks and 90 strikeouts in 85 games. Overall, he was second to Pearce in homers among Pirates farmhands.

Romak played for the Canadian national team in the 2007 Baseball World Cup and hit .143/.400/.143 with 7 walks and 9 strikeouts in 7 games as the starting right fielder. He had the lowest average and slugging percentage on a Canadian team that just missed the quarterfinals.

Romak's 2008 season began late due to injury. He hit .279/.360/.552 with 18 HR in 77 games for Lynchburg after returning to action. He was leading the Carolina League in slugging and home runs when he was promoted to the Altoona Curve when Jason Delaney was moved up to AAA. Jamie was left off of Canada's team for the 2008 Olympics as they went with Jimmy Van Ostrand, Nick Weglarz and Ryan Radmanovich as their corner outfielders.

Jamie was a member of three other organizations - those of the Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers before finally making his major league debut with the Dodgers on May 28, 2014. That day, he was used as a pinch-hitter for Clayton Kershaw in the 7th inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds and grounded out to second base. He had been called up a day earlier when OF Carl Crawford had been placed on the disabled list.

Sources: 2004-2007 Baseball Almanacs

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