In the midst of a stellar season with the Aces, infielder Jamie Romak, 29, was called up to Arizona on Saturday.
He ranked at or near the top of nearly every offensive category in the Pacific Coast League, including RBIs (1st), extra-base hits (1st), doubles (2nd), home runs (2nd), runs scored (2nd), total bases (2nd), walks ( T-2nd), slugging percentage (4th) and OPS (5th).
Signed by the Diamondbacks as a Minor League free agent on Nov. 22, 2014, Romak has posted the best numbers of his 13-year career. In 107 games with the Aces, Romak batted .289 (114-for-395) with 22 homers, 3 triples, 33 doubles, 87 RBI, 71 runs scored and six stolen bases.
Romak was named to the PCL All-Star team after he hit .300 with 18 homers and 69 RBI in 86 first-half games. He also participated in the Triple-A Home Run Derby, finishing third overall. The All-Star nomination was the first of his career.
He made his Major League debut last season on May 28 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and played in 15 games, primarily as a pinch-hitter.
Romak was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 2003 MLB June Amateur Draft out of A.B. Lucas Secondary School in London, Ontario.
He replaces Arizona infielder Cliff Pennington, who was traded to Toronto earlier Saturday.
In Arizona, Romak joins Aces teammate, left-handed pitcher Keith Hessler, who was also called up Saturday.
Hessler pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts in the Diamondback’s 4-1 loss to Cincinnati on Saturday, while Romak struck out in a seventh-inning pinch hit at bat.