Fernando Romero
Fernando Romero
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Minnesota Twins
Out
Injury Not Injury Related
Est. Return 8/15/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Romero showed some promise in the rotation in 2018 with an electric fastball, but struggled with consistency. Minnesota's front office said his velocity could make him an impact reliever, and he was even a dark horse candidate for the closer role. However, all that promise failed to materialize as he struggled in spring training and it carried over to the regular season. Romero had a 4.37 ERA at Triple-A, and while his strikeout rate improved to 24.8% at that level, control continued to be an issue with an 11.4 BB%. He wasn't any better when called to the majors with a 7.07 ERA and 15.3 BB%. However, his high strikeout rates and 97-mph average fastball show his potential if he can reduce his walks and induce weaker contact. With Minnesota's improving bullpen talent, it's possible Romero missed his window to win a high-leverage role with the Twins. Read Past Outlooks
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Placed on restricted list
PMinnesota Twins
Not Injury Related
June 29, 2020
Romero, who missed all of spring training in February and March due to visa issues, was placed on the restricted list ahead of the 2020 season.
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Romero wasn't placed on the 60-man player pool as a result. Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said that Romero is not anticipated to arrive for training camp due to continued visa issues from the Dominican Republic. He may not be available this season as a result.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2020
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-40%
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2018
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .302 129 21 10 35 9 0 6
Since 2018vs Right .277 190 42 20 44 7 0 2
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .429 25 3 4 9 3 0 1
2019vs Right .256 47 15 7 10 1 0 1
2018vs Left .274 104 18 6 26 6 0 5
2018vs Right .283 143 27 13 34 6 0 1
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-29%
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-43%
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-21%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.38 1.56 39.0 2 1 0 7.4 3.9 0.7
Since 2018Away 6.16 1.57 30.2 1 3 0 9.1 3.8 1.5
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 5.14 2.71 7.0 0 0 0 14.1 10.3 0.0
2019Away 9.00 1.57 7.0 0 1 0 9.0 3.9 2.6
2018Home 4.22 1.31 32.0 2 1 0 5.9 2.5 0.8
2018Away 5.32 1.56 23.2 1 2 0 9.1 3.8 1.1
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Romero will compete for a spot in Minnesota's starting rotation this spring after his debut last season highlighted his impressive velocity and inconsistency. Romero's hot start at Triple-A (2.57 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 21 innings) led to a callup in April. He dazzled in his first five starts with a 1.88 ERA and 9.1 K/9. However, he ran out of gas in his next five starts with a 7.54 ERA, 6.0 K/9 and 2.0 HR/9. While Romero had an impressive 95.4 mph average fastball, he had just a 54.7% first strike rate and struggled with his command. He then surprisingly struggled after returning to Triple-A (4.03 ERA and just a 6.7 K/9), which cost him a callup in September even though it looked like he could benefit from more MLB innings. Romero's role for 2019 is uncertain since he seemed to get lost in the shuffle late last season. He could win a rotation spot or a bullpen role, but might need a month or two at Triple-A to show he's over last year's late-season decline.
Romero was once again dominant, but the most impressive aspect of the 6-foot, 215-pound righty's season was that he reached 125 innings for the first time in his career. Every short pitcher faces questions about a potential move to the bullpen, and when Tommy John is on the resume, those concerns only intensify. So far he has proven he can handle the rigors of pitching every fifth day. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and his slider can serve as a putaway pitch. Romero's changeup also flashes above-average potential, although it still needs work. He finished seventh in the Southern League in K-BB% (13.8 percent) and fourth in groundball rate (52 percent), which is an ideal combination. Romero has only given up six home runs in 303.1 pro innings, which is really impressive for a pitcher of his stature. His season ended in late August due to a shoulder impingement, but if he enters camp healthy, he could be on the fast track to the majors, as he is already on the 40-man roster. He has No. 3 starter upside.
Romero missed the 2015 season following Tommy John surgery, but he wasted no time last year reminding people of the promise he had flashed in rookie ball. He posted a 1.93 ERA (2.00 FIP) in 11 starts at High-A Fort Myers after posting similarly dominant numbers at Low-A. Romero has more upside than any other Twins pitching prospect, thanks to a monster fastball that can hit 100 mph and a hard wipeout slider that led to a 26.9 percent strikeout rate. He is 6-foot, 215 pounds, and while he is not as tall as a traditional starter, he is broad enough to conceivably handle a starter's workload. If his changeup continues to come along and he can be more consistent with his command, Romero could someday pitch near the top of a rotation. He has a nice floor as a power reliever. This season will be an important opportunity for Romero to build on the 90.1 innings he logged last season, as his injury history and height will always tempt evaluators to peg him as a future reliever.
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Visa issues continue
PMinnesota Twins
Not Injury Related
June 25, 2020
Romero, who missed all of spring training in February and March due to visa issues traveling from the Dominican Republic, has not resolved his visa issues, Aaron Gleeman of TheAthletic.com reports.
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Placed on restricted list
PMinnesota Twins
Not Injury Related
March 9, 2020
Romero was placed on the restricted list Monday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Could miss spring training
PMinnesota Twins
Not Injury Related
February 22, 2020
Romero could miss all of spring training due to a visa issue that has kept him in the Dominican Republic, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He's still not here and won't be joining us for the foreseeable future," said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli.
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Delayed by visa issues
PMinnesota Twins
Not Injury Related
February 12, 2020
Romero isn't expected to arrive at Twins camp until next week while he looks to secure a travel visa, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Called up by Twins
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September 3, 2019
Romero was recalled by the Twins on Tuesday.
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