Blue Jays lost Jordan Romano and Travis Bergen in the Rule 5 Draft. Let’s see how they have fared this spring.
Remember a few months ago when the main topic of discussion was which players should be added to the 40-man roster?
As you might remember, Jordan Romano and Travis Bergen were left off the 40-man roster and were selected during the Rule 5 draft. Romano was selected by the Chicago White Sox who flipped him to the Texas Rangers for some cash money. Bergen was selected by the San Francisco Giants.
RHP Jordan Romano
At the time, Romano was considered a top 30 prospect in the Blue Jays system after making 25 starts in 2018 as a member of the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He finished with an 11-8 record and 4.13 ERA while posting an 8.2 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 with a 1.19 WHIP. The Rangers traded for Romano with the hopes of converting him to the bullpen. The club expects his mid-90’s fastball and plus slider to play up as a one-inning reliever.
This spring, the 25-yr-old has thrown 5.1 innings over 5 appearances. He has struck out 2 and walked 2 while allowing 4 runs on 5 hits including 2 HR. To be fair, one bad outing where he was roughed up by Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado inflated his line.
It appears that Texas will go with Mike Minor, Lance Lynn, Edinson Volquez, Drew Smyly, and Shelby Miller in the rotation. They will have Jose Leclerc, Shawn Kelley, Zach McAllister, Jesse Chavez, Chris Martin, Connor Sadzeck, and Jeffrey Springs in the bullpen.
There is talk new Rangers manager Chris Woodward is debating on carrying an extra arm in the bullpen with three starters recently recovering from Tommy John surgery. The problem for Romano is Woodward is thinking a multi-inning reliever would fit better than a one-inning reliever.
One more wrinkle, only one of the relievers listed above has a minor league option available. It so happens to be the bullpens only LHP.
LHP Travis Bergen
Travis Bergen immediately became the Giants’ 30th ranked prospect when he was selected at the Rule 5 Draft. The 25-yr-old former 7th round pick dominated AA and Advanced-A in 2018. He posted a 4-2 record with a 0.95 ERA in 43 appearances.
In 5 appearances this spring, Bergen has allowed just 2 hits, walked 3, struck out 6, and owns a perfect 0.00 ERA across 5.2 innings.
The Giants bullpen is strong with Tony Watson, Mark Melancon, Will Smith, Sam Dyson, and Reyes Moronta all returning from last year’s team. The Giants have three lefty relievers in camp, Ty Blach, Travis Bergen, and Fernando Abad. The 28-yr-old Blach split the past two seasons bouncing between SF’s bullpen and rotation. The 33-yr-old Abad spent parts of 8 seasons in the majors but was suspended for PED in 2018. He was signed to a minor league deal at the end of February.
Most of the attention in San Francisco’s camp has centered around the competition in the outfield. However, there’s talk the Giants could use the above mentioned veteran bullpen depth to acquire outfield help. Moving one or two relievers would help Bergen’s chances.
Romano will need to put up some more zeros over the two weeks if he has any chance of sticking with the Rangers. Bergen just needs to keep doing what you’re doing. Both pitchers have received rave reviews from their camps.
I know this guy was hoping both would be returned to the Blue Jays after struggling this spring; however, I also really hope they can stick so they make their dreams of pitching in the majors a reality. Either way, this blogger will be following.
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