Fernando Romero

Fernando Romero

29-Year-Old PitcherP
 Free Agent  
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Fernando Romero in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Angels in December of 2022.
Gets NRI from Halos
PLos Angeles Angels  
February 10, 2023
Romero, who signed a minor-league contract with the Angels in December, has been invited to the major-league camp.
ANALYSIS
Romero is back in MLB-affiliated ball following two seasons in Japan. The 28-year-old right-hander registered a 5.17 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 69.2 big-league innings with the Twins between the 2018-19 campaigns.
Read More News
Pitching Stats
Loading Pitching Stats...
2020
2019
2018
2020 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2019 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2018 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading Pitching Game Log...
Minor League Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Minor League Pitching Game Log...
Prospect Rankings History
Advanced Pitching Stats
Loading Advanced Pitching Stats...
Defensive Stats
Loading MLB Defensive Stats...
Stats Vs Today's Lineup
Want more matchup stats?
Loading Matchup Stats...
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
Romero missed all of spring training and then the delayed regular season due to visa issues that didn't allow him to travel from his native Dominica Republic. It was a lost season as he didn't participate in any organized baseball. Romero showed some promise in the rotation in 2018 with an electric fastball, but struggled with consistency. He then took a step back in 2019 with a 4.37 ERA at Triple-A and a 7.07 ERA and 15.3 BB% in a short stint in the majors. While his strikeout rate improved to 24.8% at Triple-A, control continued to be an issue with an 11.4 BB%. He has upside with his high strikeout rates and 97-mph average fastball if he can improve his control. He was released by the Twins in December and signed to play in Japan with the Yokohama BayStars. At 26, he's young enough to return to MLB if his career flourishes overseas.
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.
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.
More Fantasy News
Headed to Japan
PFree Agent  
December 18, 2020
Romero (not injury related) signed a contract with the Yokohama BayStars of Nippon Professional Baseball on Friday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Let go by Minnesota
PFree Agent  
Not Injury Related
December 18, 2020
Romero (not injury related) was released by the Twins on Thursday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
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.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
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.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
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.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.