Fernando Romero
Fernando Romero
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Minnesota Twins
Out
Injury Not Injury Related
Est. Return 5/15/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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.
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The transaction reflects the fact that visa issues have prevented Romero from reporting to camp. It's unclear what exactly those issues are or when he's expected to be able to join his teammates. Once he's cleared to do so, he'll presumably still need time to build up to regular-season shape.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
19
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Fernando Romero generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Fernando Romero generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-40%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .302 129 21 10 35 9 0 6
Since 2017vs Right .277 190 42 20 44 7 0 2
2019vs Left .429 25 3 4 9 3 0 1
2019vs Right .256 47 15 7 10 1 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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-29%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-43%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.38 1.56 39.0 2 1 0 7.4 3.9 0.7
Since 2017Away 6.16 1.57 30.2 1 3 0 9.1 3.8 1.5
2019Home 5.14 2.71 7.0 0 0 0 14.1 10.3 0.0
2019Away 9.00 1.57 7.0 0 1 0 9.0 3.9 2.6
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
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Stat Review
How does Fernando Romero 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
1.64
 
K/9
11.6
 
BB/9
7.1
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
97.0 mph
 
ERA
7.07
 
WHIP
2.14
 
BABIP
.442
 
GB/FB
2.20
 
Left On Base
66.2%
 
Exit Velocity
87.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.8%
 
Spin Rate
2264 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
38.1%
 
Swinging Strike
11.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2017
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.
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Could miss spring training
PMinnesota Twins
Not Injury Related
February 22, 2020
Romero could miss all of spring training due to a visa issue that has kept him in the Dominican Republic, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He's still not here and won't be joining us for the foreseeable future," said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli.
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Delayed by visa issues
PMinnesota Twins
Not Injury Related
February 12, 2020
Romero isn't expected to arrive at Twins camp until next week while he looks to secure a travel visa, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Called up by Twins
PMinnesota Twins
September 3, 2019
Romero was recalled by the Twins on Tuesday.
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Activated off injured list
PMinnesota Twins
July 12, 2019
Romero (back) was activated off the minor-league injured list Friday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Out with back injury
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Back
June 21, 2019
Romero was placed on the minor-league injured list Friday with a lower-back strain, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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