Fernando Romero
Fernando Romero
23-Year-Old PitcherSP
Minnesota Twins
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Not slated for recall
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
September 1, 2018
Romero will not join the Twins' expanded roster in September because he's approaching his innings limit, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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The hurler has compiled 133.1 frames between Triple-A Rochester and the majors. Romero has a 4.69 ERA in 55.2 innings (11 starts) in the latter but won't get a chance to make a better impression until the 2019 season, when he could compete for a rotation spot in spring training. Despite underwhelming command indicators (7.3 K/9, 3.1 BB/9), Romero, who turns 24 in December, could provide at least occasional mixed-league fantasy value if he can lock down a 2019 starting gig.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .274 104 18 6 26 6 0 5
Since 2016vs Right .283 143 27 13 34 6 0 1
2018vs Left .274 104 18 6 26 6 0 5
2018vs Right .283 143 27 13 34 6 0 1
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2017
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2016
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 4.22 1.31 32.0 2 1 0 5.9 2.5 0.8
Since 2016Away 5.32 1.56 23.2 1 2 0 9.1 3.8 1.1
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
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Fernando Romero compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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.
K/BB
2.37
 
K/9
7.3
 
BB/9
3.1
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
95.4 mph
 
ERA
4.69
 
WHIP
1.42
 
BABIP
.325
 
GB/FB
1.51
 
Strand %
68.5%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Heads back to minors
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
July 15, 2018
Romero was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Sunday's outing against the Rays, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Recalled ahead of start
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
July 15, 2018
Romero was recalled from Triple-A Rochester ahead of his scheduled start Sunday against the Rays.
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Announced as Sunday's starter
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
July 14, 2018
Romero will start Sunday against the Rays, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Likely to start Sunday
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
July 14, 2018
Romero could get the start Sunday against the Rays, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Back on track at Triple-A
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
July 9, 2018
Romero gave up one run over seven innings Sunday with six strikeouts for Triple-A Rochester. He's 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 7.5 K/9 in three starts since being sent back to the minors.
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