Jordan Romano

28-Year-Old PitcherRP
2022 Fantasy Outlook
After his 2020 breakout in high-leverage, Romano was the favorite to break camp as Toronto's closer after Kirby Yates underwent Tommy John surgery in late-March. However, it was Julian Merryweather who earned the first two saves for the Blue Jays. Injuries to Merryweather and Rafael Dolis eventually forced Toronto to use Romano in the ninth and he'd carry the closer role for the rest of the season after picking up his first save in late May. He went 23-for-24 in save chances overall while posting a 2.14 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 33.6 K%. His fastball velocity (98-mph) spiked again and his 23.7 K-BB% ranked 21st among qualified relievers. Romano proved he can handle the closing duties quite well, but his 2022 role depends on Toronto's offseason plans. The Canadian has one more season before he's eligible for salary arbitration and it's possible he returns to a more flexible high-leverage role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $567,800 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2020.
Undergoes offseason surgery
PToronto Blue Jays
December 13, 2021
Romano had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in early November, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
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Romano noted that he was dealing with the injury down the stretch of the 2021 season, but he managed to pitch through it by receiving treatment. "Two weeks into the offseason I got an MRI showing the tear and we went down to Cleveland and got the surgery, got it cleaned out," said Romano. "Now we're six weeks out and it feels like a brand new knee. It's going to be nice to go out there and not have to worry about it." Romano will now turn his attention to his usual offseason throwing program in preparation for 2022.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Jordan Romano generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Jordan Romano generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-40%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-34%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-61%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-42%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .140 158 67 13 20 3 0 4
Since 2019vs Right .234 227 60 26 46 7 0 9
2021vs Left .140 101 43 7 13 2 0 2
2021vs Right .211 152 42 18 28 6 0 5
2020vs Left .083 25 14 1 2 1 0 1
2020vs Right .214 32 7 4 6 0 0 1
2019vs Left .192 32 10 5 5 0 0 1
2019vs Right .333 43 11 4 12 1 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-63%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-70%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-37%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.21 1.23 47.0 4 1 12 12.4 2.9 1.9
Since 2019Away 1.57 1.02 46.0 5 3 13 12.1 4.7 0.6
2021Home 3.12 1.04 34.2 3 0 12 12.5 2.9 1.6
2021Away 0.95 1.06 28.1 4 1 11 11.8 4.4 0.3
2020Home 3.86 1.07 4.2 1 1 0 13.5 1.9 3.9
2020Away 0.00 0.80 10.0 1 0 2 12.6 3.6 0.0
2019Home 9.39 2.22 7.2 0 0 0 11.7 3.5 2.3
2019Away 5.87 1.17 7.2 0 2 0 12.9 7.0 2.3
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Stat Review
How does Jordan 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
3.40
 
K/9
12.1
 
BB/9
3.6
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
97.6 mph
 
ERA
2.14
 
WHIP
1.05
 
BABIP
.268
 
GB/FB
1.25
 
Left On Base
87.2%
 
Exit Velocity
81.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.2%
 
Spin Rate
2311 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
17.7%
 
Swinging Strike
15.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
With Ken Giles out the door, Romano looked like he might be in line to close after he finished third on the team behind Giles and Rafael Dolis last year with two saves. However, with the offseason addition of Kirby Yates, Romano moves down the ladder. In a small sample of 14.2 innings, the 27-year-old looked like a high-leverage reliever, posting a 1.23 ERA, 36.8 K% and 58.1 GB%. His 8.8 BB% was perfectly fine as well. That all represented a big step forward from his performance in a similar sample of 15.1 innings as a rookie in 2019. Putting a ton of trust into a reliever who's been good for less than 15 frames and who was never much of a prospect is tough to do, but relievers do pop up out of nowhere all the time, and Romano's significant velocity gains give reason to believe there's something there. His fastball jumped from 94.6 to 96.3 mph last season, while his slider spiked from 84.8 to 89.9 mph.
Romano spent most of his minor-league career as a starter but was used exclusively in relief by the Blue Jays last season. The right-hander made 17 appearances in his rookie campaign, logging 15.1 innings and struggling to a 7.63 ERA (6.41 FIP). The transition to relief enabled Romano to condense his arsenal to two pitches -- a 94-95 mph four-seam fastball and an 84-85 mph slider -- and ditch his subpar changeup. As a result, he notched an excellent 28.0 K% in his brief stint with Toronto and an even better 31.9 K% in 24 games (21 as a reliever) at the Triple-A level. However, when Romano wasn't striking out batters he was too often allowing them to reach base, posting a 12.0 BB% and getting scorched by a 36.4 HR/FB%. Romano has been considerably better in both areas throughout his minor-league career, so the hope is that he'll settle in with more experience and eventually compete for a late-inning role.
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Notches 22nd save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 30, 2021
Romano gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to record his 22nd save of the season in a 6-5 win over the Yankees.
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Locks down 21st save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 27, 2021
Romano struck out three batters during a perfect four-out save in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Twins.
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Shaky in save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 21, 2021
Romano collected a save after pitching a scoreless inning while walking three batters and striking out two in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Rays.
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Converts 19th save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 19, 2021
Romano struck out one and hit a batter in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Sunday's 5-3 win over Minnesota.
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Notches 18th save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 16, 2021
Romano struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his 18th save of the season in a 6-3 win over the Rays.
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