Jordan Romano

Jordan Romano

29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year, $567,800 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2020.
Records 36th save
PToronto Blue Jays
October 2, 2022
Romano earned the save Sunday against Boston, striking out one in the ninth inning of a 6-3 victory.
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One hitter reached on a throwing error by Vladimir Guerrero, but Romano otherwise handled the Red Sox, inducing weak contact and striking out a batter. It was his 36th save in 42 opportunities and first since Sept. 24. The 29-year-old has not allowed a run in his last five outings spanning 5.1 innings, striking out five hitters, hitting one batter and giving up two hits during that stretch.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Jordan Romano generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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41-50
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-34%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-61%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .164 245 95 18 37 5 0 5
Since 2020vs Right .197 323 84 33 56 9 0 8
2022vs Left .202 119 38 10 22 2 0 2
2022vs Right .179 139 35 11 22 3 0 2
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-65%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-70%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.25 0.93 72.0 7 2 34 11.1 2.6 1.1
Since 2020Away 1.81 1.11 69.2 7 4 27 11.6 3.9 0.5
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
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
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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
3.48
 
K/9
10.3
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
96.9 mph
 
ERA
2.11
 
WHIP
1.02
 
BABIP
.271
 
GB/FB
1.21
 
Left On Base
79.1%
 
Exit Velocity
82.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.6%
 
Spin Rate
2186 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
26.0%
 
Swinging Strike
14.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Records four-out save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 25, 2022
Romano picked up the save Saturday against the Rays. He did not allow a run on one hit while striking out three over 1.1 innings.
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Blows save, loses Sunday
PToronto Blue Jays
September 18, 2022
Romano (5-4) blew the save and took the defeat in Sunday's 5-4 loss against Baltimore. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks.
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Records another save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 18, 2022
Romano picked up the save in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Orioles. He did not allow a run on one walk over one inning.
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Notches 33rd save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 13, 2022
Romano struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Monday to record his 33rd save of the season in a 3-2 win over the Rays.
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Nails down 32nd save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 10, 2022
Romano gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to record his 32nd save of the season in a 4-3 win over the Rangers.
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