Sal Romano
Sal Romano
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
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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Heading to minors
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
March 22, 2019
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Romano is converting to the bullpen, a move which may be necessary for him to have success at the highest level, as he owns a 4.99 ERA in 232.2 career innings in the majors. He's on the 40-man roster, so he'll have a chance to return in a relief role at some point this season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-22%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .292 488 82 50 125 29 5 16
Since 2017vs Right .251 540 96 40 121 29 1 16
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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Since 2017
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2019
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2018
 
 
-1%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-19%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.18 1.43 121.2 8 9 0 7.4 3.9 1.4
Since 2017Away 4.78 1.46 111.0 5 10 0 6.3 3.0 1.1
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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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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Full-time reliever
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
March 12, 2019
The Reds will move Romano to the bullpen on a full-time basis, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "We wanted to simplify that for him, so he can see himself in that role," manager David Bell said. "We think he can be very effective as a reliever. For the time being anyway, that's the way we're seeing it."
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Not expected to win starting spot
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
February 12, 2019
Romano is not expected to open the season in the Reds' starting rotation, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Losing weight
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
December 19, 2018
Romano has lost 15 pounds this offseason through eating healthier and doing more cardio at the gym, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
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Delivers five solid innings in season finale
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
October 1, 2018
Romano allowed two runs on three hits and one walk across five innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Pirates. He struck out one.
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To start Sunday
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
September 28, 2018
Romano will take the hill against the Pirates on Sunday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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