Sal Romano
Sal Romano
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The big concern about Romano going into the 2018 season was his inability to strike batters out despite a big fastball, and that problem simply got exacerbated when he lost 1.1 mph off his average fastball in 2018. His strikeout rate dropped along with his velo, from 7.5 K/9 to 6.5 last year. Instead of thinking he might still develop into a reliable starter, we're more comfortable saying he's cannon fodder for the Reds until they're ready to compete. Unfortunately, they've been in that mode for a while now. They have an offense that could be competitive, if they could ever develop a rotation. A new coaching staff might help, but new pitchers might help more. A good barometer of whether the Reds are ready to take the next step is whether Romano is still in their rotation. Read Past Outlooks
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Recalled for doubleheader
PCincinnati Reds
August 31, 2019
Romano was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to serve as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
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With the Reds set to play four games in two games, Romano will provide the team with an extra bullpen arm Saturday. The right-hander struggled mightily in his most recent big-league appearance, allowing eight runs on six hits and a pair of walks while recording just two outs (one via strikeout).
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
26
Last 10 Games
21
Last 5 Games
23
How many pitches does Sal Romano generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Sal Romano generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-28%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-22%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .298 523 92 53 137 36 5 18
Since 2017vs Right .252 582 102 45 131 30 1 18
2019vs Left .387 35 10 3 12 7 0 2
2019vs Right .278 42 6 5 10 1 0 2
2018vs Left .303 307 45 31 82 19 3 12
2018vs Right .236 337 60 22 73 12 1 11
2017vs Left .274 181 37 19 43 10 2 4
2017vs Right .276 203 36 18 48 17 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
 
 
-55%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-1%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-19%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.17 1.45 130.2 8 9 1 7.6 3.9 1.5
Since 2017Away 5.17 1.49 118.1 6 10 1 6.4 3.1 1.1
2019Home 5.00 1.78 9.0 0 0 1 10.0 4.0 3.0
2019Away 11.05 1.91 7.1 1 0 1 7.4 4.9 1.2
2018Home 5.33 1.42 77.2 5 5 0 7.5 3.7 1.5
2018Away 5.29 1.44 68.0 3 6 0 5.3 2.8 1.3
2017Home 4.91 1.45 44.0 3 4 0 7.2 4.3 1.2
2017Away 3.98 1.49 43.0 2 4 0 8.0 3.3 0.6
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Stat Review
How does Sal Romano compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.00
 
K/9
8.8
 
BB/9
4.4
 
HR/9
2.2
 
Fastball
96.0 mph
 
ERA
7.71
 
WHIP
1.84
 
BABIP
.375
 
GB/FB
1.24
 
Left On Base
65.6%
 
Exit Velocity
91.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
10.4%
 
Spin Rate
2292 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
37.5%
 
Swinging Strike
6.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
For a pitcher that throws as hard as Romano does, his strikeout rate has always been underwhelming and 2017 provided another good example - he struck out 7.6 batters per nine innings, a mark he's significantly topped only once in his minor-league career. The reason for this -- and often the reason that other flamethrowers struggle to put away opposing hitters -- is the lack of a good third pitch. Romano relies heavily upon his fastball and has a decent slider, but his changeup and curveball have often been lacking throughout his career. A corollary to Romano's package is that he consistently has a higher BABIP and underperforms metrics like FIP and xFIP. In fact, at every single professional level, Romano's ERA has been higher than his FIP. Because he can't miss bats, Romano is consistently nibbling, hoping to induce weak contact. He'll be at the fringe of the Reds' rotation again in 2018.
Romano was sent to repeat the Double-A level after a rough showing in Pensacola the year before, and he responded well to the assignment. In his age-22 season, Romano amassed 156 innings in 27 starts while producing a strong 3.52 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. His workload wasn't the only impressive part, as he also managed to put up a 144:34 K:BB in that span while allowing just 0.6 home runs per nine innings. The scary part is that his peripherals suggest that his numbers could've been even better; his FIP sat nearly 60 points below his ERA (2.94) and the BABIP opposing hitters produced against him sat at an unsustainably-high .332 mark. With an arsenal that features a mid-90s sinking fastball to go with a developing curveball and changeup, Romano has the dealings to make the leap to Triple-A next season and potentially reach the big leagues by late 2017 or early 2018.
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Shipped back to minors
PCincinnati Reds
August 15, 2019
Romano was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
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Back in majors
PCincinnati Reds
August 9, 2019
Romano was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Sent to Triple-A
PCincinnati Reds
July 28, 2019
The Reds optioned Romano to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Collects three-inning save
PCincinnati Reds
July 23, 2019
Romano recorded his first career save in Tuesday's 14-6 win over the Brewers, giving up one run on three hits and a walk over three innings while striking out two.
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Called up by Cincinnati
PCincinnati Reds
July 22, 2019
Romano was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
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