Jordan Romano

Jordan Romano

31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
15-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 9/6/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Romano racked up 36 saves for the second consecutive year. It wasn't always pretty, as his 1.22 WHIP was his worst since his rookie season, but the right-hander remained effective in closing out games for Toronto. In fact, he set a Blue Jays franchise record with 26 successful conversions in a row. Romano maintained a 96.7 mph average fastball velocity that was in the 90th percentile despite dealing with lower back inflammation near mid-season, an injury that forced him from the All-Star Game after just five pitches, then subsequently resurfaced a few weeks later. Romano was able to return after a near-minimum IL stint, but he wasn't as sharp down the stretch, walking nine batters over his final 17 innings. He finished the season with a below-average 9.7% walk rate, but actually improved his strikeout percentage (29%), swinging strike rate (17%) and whiff percentage (35.9%). There's still a lot to like in Romano's profile to safely project him for another 30-plus saves in 2024. Read Past Outlooks
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Rest of Season From Preseason
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$Signed a one-year, $7.75 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2024.
Undergoes elbow surgery
PToronto Blue Jays
Elbow
July 3, 2024
Romano underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday to repair an impingement and will be shut down from throwing for at least six weeks, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 31-year-old has been unavailable due to elbow issues since late May, and it's now unclear whether he'll be able to pitch again this year. Romano missed the first couple weeks of the season with elbow problems and never looked himself in the six weeks he was available with a 6.59 ERA in 15 appearances. Chad Green has stepped up as Toronto's closer with Yimi Garcia (elbow) also on the injured list.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
14
Last 10 Games
14
Last 5 Games
11
How many pitches does Jordan Romano generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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31-40
 
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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 2022
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2024
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .218 261 81 24 51 7 1 9
Since 2022vs Right .208 307 77 25 57 10 0 5
2024vs Left .241 32 9 2 7 3 0 2
2024vs Right .333 30 4 2 9 0 0 2
2023vs Left .229 110 34 12 22 2 1 5
2023vs Right .210 138 38 12 26 7 0 1
2022vs Left .202 119 38 10 22 2 0 2
2022vs Right .179 139 35 11 22 3 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-55%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-73%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-25%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-65%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 1.78 0.97 65.2 5 4 41 9.9 3.0 0.7
Since 2022Away 3.93 1.31 71.0 6 9 39 10.9 3.4 1.1
2024Home 2.25 1.00 4.0 0 0 4 11.3 2.3 0.0
2024Away 8.38 1.66 9.2 1 2 4 7.4 2.8 3.7
2023Home 2.48 1.17 29.0 2 3 15 10.2 3.7 1.2
2023Away 3.30 1.27 30.0 3 4 21 11.7 3.6 0.6
2022Home 1.10 0.80 32.2 3 1 22 9.4 2.5 0.3
2022Away 3.16 1.24 31.1 2 3 14 11.2 3.4 0.9
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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
3.25
 
K/9
8.6
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
2.6
 
Fastball
96.5 mph
 
ERA
6.59
 
WHIP
1.46
 
BABIP
.320
 
GB/FB
0.80
 
Left On Base
69.4%
 
Exit Velocity
82.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.8%
 
Spin Rate
2147 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
31.2%
 
Swinging Strike
11.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Romano established himself as a reliable, top-end closer in 2022, recording 78.3% of Toronto's saves, which was the fourth-highest percentage among all relievers. His 36 saves tied for fourth in the league, while his 64 innings in 63 appearances were also career highs. Romano posted a career best walk rate (8.1%), though his strikeout rate dipped 5.3 percentage points to a still above-average 28.3%. Interestingly, Romano reversed his pitch usage for the fourth straight year, throwing his fastball (48% pitch usage) far less often than he did in 2021. This is notable since Romano's heater has been more effective than his slider in recent seasons. He did lose some velocity on the fastball, but still averaged 96.9 mph, which was in the 92nd percentile. The Blue Jays retained John Schneider as their manager, who has relied on Romano heavily since taking over. Expect another season with 30-plus saves.
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.
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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Shut down from throwing again
PToronto Blue Jays
Elbow
June 29, 2024
Romano was shut down from throwing after experiencing discomfort in his right elbow Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Plays light catch Monday
PToronto Blue Jays
Elbow
June 24, 2024
Romano (elbow) played light catch Monday, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
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Shut down from throwing
PToronto Blue Jays
Elbow
June 22, 2024
Romano experienced right elbow soreness after long tossing from 120 feet Friday and has been shut down from throwing, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
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Nearing mound work
PToronto Blue Jays
Elbow
June 17, 2024
Blue Jays manager John Schneider said that Romano (elbow) threw from 90-to-120 feet Monday, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
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Playing catch Friday
PToronto Blue Jays
Elbow
June 14, 2024
Romano (elbow) threw from 90 feet Friday, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Potential trade chip
PToronto Blue Jays
May 26, 2024
The Blue Jays could look to trade Romano this summer if they aren't in playoff contention, per Russell Dorsey of Bally Sports.
ANALYSIS
The 31-year-old has been one of the more reliable closers in baseball over the past few years and is under contract through the end of next year, so a trade this summer could capitalize on his value. Romano missed the first couple weeks of 2024 with an elbow issue and has struggled a bit since being activated with a 4.50 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 12:3 K:BB over 12 innings. Buying teams may want to see the right-hander back in his top form before offering to make a trade.
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