Jordan Romano is aiming to become the first 7 game winner in the Blue Jays system as he faces off against the Hartford Yard Goats
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats 25-yr-old Jordan Romano has dominated in his first year at Double-A. The Marham native heads into today’s start a perfect 6 and 0 with a 2.23 ERA.
The 6-foot-4 right-hander has impressed since day one, as the Fisher Cats Opening Day starter. He finished that start with 5 innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 6 batters. He walked just one.
At times, Romano has struggled with his control, walking 16 batters in 23 innings over 4 starts between April 19th and May 5th. He walked just 2 batters in his other 3 starts (17.1IP). On the season, he owns a 4.02 BB/9 which is up from last season’s 3.52 BB/9.
His 8.70 K/9 strikeout rate is consistent with his 2016 and 2017 marks of 8.92 and 9.00 K/9. He has struck out 6 batters and 7 batters twice.
Romano owns a tidy .183 BABIP and 0.97 WHIP. After surrendering 9.2 H/9 as a member of the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2017, Romano is holding opponents to just 4.7 H/9 in 2018. Opponents are batting .156 off the Fisher Cats pitcher.
The Oral Roberts alumni didn’t surrender his first home run until July 14th, 2017 and finished with just 2 home runs allowed over 138.0 innings. Romano allowed 2 home runs in his first start and has allowed 2 more since for a 0.9 HR/9.
The spike in HRA shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. The Florida State League is a tough league on home run hitters and the left porch at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium is very inviting. Romano is a flyball pitcher, producing a 33.3 GB% and 0.65 GO/AO in Double-A. He owns a 9.3 HR/FB after posting 1.2 and 4.2 HR/FB in 2017 and 2016.
Speaking of flyballs and groundballs, Romano’s GB% and FB% remain consistent with his 2017 totals, despite the spike in HR/FB.
Snippets from Baseball America Scouting Report
- 91-94 tailing fastball which can reach 96 mph
- Swing-and-miss up the zone
- slider, an above average pitch and tough on righties
- Better FB command and improved change key to success against LHB
- Best fit as a reliever
Can Romano sustain his early season success?
Romano’s 4.07 FIP and 3.91 xFIP suggests some regression can be expected. Also, it is unrealistic for an extreme flyball pitcher like Jordan Romano to sustain a .183 BABIP. However, all of his other stats suggest that Romano will continue to be successful in Double-A.
Over his first 7 starts, Romano has looked good against LHB (.192 BA) and RHB (.113 BA). Jordan held RHB to a .192 BA in 2017 but struggled against LHB who batted .351 against him.
The improved splits could be used to explain his early success and will be something to monitor moving forward.
With Thomas Pannone serving a suspension and Ryan Borucki off to a bit of a slow start, the Blue Jays could look to Jordan Romano to provide some MLB innings this summer. The struggles the Blue Jays rotation have endured have thrown the Triple-A Bisons’ rotation into flux. It is possible that Romano will be called upon to help stabilize this rotation sooner than later.
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