Fernando Romero
Fernando Romero
24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Minnesota Twins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
Struggles in Sunday's spring outing
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
March 17, 2019
Romero gave up five runs (four earned) and did not retire a batter while giving up three walks and a hit in Sunday's spring training loss to Toronto. "It's a good outing to wipe clean, because I've really enjoyed the way he's thrown the ball," manager Rocco Baldelli told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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Romero had give up one earned run in nine innings before Sunday's clunker. It sounds like he'll be given a mulligan, but he may need to impress in his final spring outing. Romero has been moved to the bullpen after working as a starter last season. It sounds like the Twins plan to use him as a reliever in many different spots. He could possibly be in the closer mix as well as Baldelli hasn't indicated who he'll use at closer of if he'll use a bullpen-by-committee approach.
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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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Stat Review
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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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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Strong spring as reliever
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
March 12, 2019
Romero has had a strong spring in relief, allowing just two runs over seven innings with six strikeouts and two walks. "I'm hoping that, in time, he's going to be a very, very important piece we can look to get very important outs during the course of a game," manager Rocco Baldelli told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
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Officially moving to bullpen
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
February 16, 2019
Romero will move to the bullpen this season, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Could move to bullpen
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
December 11, 2018
Minnesota is considering moving Romero to the bullpen, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "His mentality fits," Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said. "When people watch him pitch, they see him in the bullpen, they see clear ability there. So we're open-minded to that."
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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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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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