Sal Romano

Sal Romano

29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Seattle Mariners AAA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Mariners in March of 2022.
Beginning season at Triple-A
PSeattle Mariners  AAA
April 2, 2022
Romano was assigned to minor-league camp Saturday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Romano signed a minor-league contract with a major league invite March 22, but he'll start the year with Triple-A Tacoma. The reliever only pitched one-third of an inning this spring, allowing one hit and no runs. As a member of the Reds, Brewers and Yankees in 2021, Romano posted a putrid 6.12 ERA and 1.68 WHIP.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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-36%
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-35%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .213 53 9 5 10 0 0 2
Since 2020vs Right .333 69 8 6 21 4 1 3
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Left .222 51 9 5 10 0 0 2
2021vs Right .344 67 8 6 21 4 1 3
2020vs Left .000 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right .000 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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-11%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 5.52 1.43 14.2 1 2 0 4.9 2.5 2.5
Since 2020Away 6.17 1.80 11.2 0 0 0 6.9 5.4 0.8
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Home 6.08 1.58 13.1 0 2 0 5.4 2.7 2.7
2021Away 6.17 1.80 11.2 0 0 0 6.9 5.4 0.8
2020Home 0.00 0.00 1.1 1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Players like Romano really got hurt by the lack of a minor league season in 2020. He lost his spot on the 40-man roster in spring training, but was invited to the Reds' alternate training site when action resumed in July. He spent most of the season there, pitching only 1.1 innings in relief upon getting called up in September. Romano resides on the very edge of the Reds' 40-man roster currently, perhaps first to go if they try to improve their roster from outside the organization.
Gone are the days when the Reds needed to eat innings with the likes of Romano in their starting rotation. Now their rotation is actually a strength, so Romano is a first-man-out-of-the-bullpen type. He throws hard (96 mph average fastball), but he hasn't been getting the results even with the transition to the bullpen. Romano struggles the most with his fastball, both when it's a sinker or his less-frequently-thrown four-seamer. Cincinnati has not made any major bullpen additions this offseason and Romano is out of minor-league options, but regardless, Romano appears on the roster bubble heading into spring training.
The big concern about Romano going into the 2018 season was his inability to strike batters out despite a big fastball, and that problem simply got exacerbated when he lost 1.1 mph off his average fastball in 2018. His strikeout rate dropped along with his velo, from 7.5 K/9 to 6.5 last year. Instead of thinking he might still develop into a reliable starter, we're more comfortable saying he's cannon fodder for the Reds until they're ready to compete. Unfortunately, they've been in that mode for a while now. They have an offense that could be competitive, if they could ever develop a rotation. A new coaching staff might help, but new pitchers might help more. A good barometer of whether the Reds are ready to take the next step is whether Romano is still in their rotation.
For a pitcher that throws as hard as Romano does, his strikeout rate has always been underwhelming and 2017 provided another good example - he struck out 7.6 batters per nine innings, a mark he's significantly topped only once in his minor-league career. The reason for this -- and often the reason that other flamethrowers struggle to put away opposing hitters -- is the lack of a good third pitch. Romano relies heavily upon his fastball and has a decent slider, but his changeup and curveball have often been lacking throughout his career. A corollary to Romano's package is that he consistently has a higher BABIP and underperforms metrics like FIP and xFIP. In fact, at every single professional level, Romano's ERA has been higher than his FIP. Because he can't miss bats, Romano is consistently nibbling, hoping to induce weak contact. He'll be at the fringe of the Reds' rotation again in 2018.
Romano was sent to repeat the Double-A level after a rough showing in Pensacola the year before, and he responded well to the assignment. In his age-22 season, Romano amassed 156 innings in 27 starts while producing a strong 3.52 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. His workload wasn't the only impressive part, as he also managed to put up a 144:34 K:BB in that span while allowing just 0.6 home runs per nine innings. The scary part is that his peripherals suggest that his numbers could've been even better; his FIP sat nearly 60 points below his ERA (2.94) and the BABIP opposing hitters produced against him sat at an unsustainably-high .332 mark. With an arsenal that features a mid-90s sinking fastball to go with a developing curveball and changeup, Romano has the dealings to make the leap to Triple-A next season and potentially reach the big leagues by late 2017 or early 2018.
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Joins M's on MiLB deal
PSeattle Mariners  AAA
March 22, 2022
Romano agreed Tuesday with the Mariners on a minor-league contract, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
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Cut loose by Yanks
PFree Agent  AAA
Finger
September 20, 2021
The Yankees released Romano (finger) on Monday.
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IL bound with finger sprain
PNew York Yankees  AAA
Finger
September 17, 2021
Romano was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a right index finger sprain, retroactive to Wednesday.
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Injures hand, X-rays negative
PNew York Yankees  AAA
Hand
September 15, 2021
Romano took a line drive off his right hand in the ninth inning of Tuesday's win against Baltimore and was forced to exit the game. Manager Aaron Boone indicated after the contest that X-rays were negative and that Romano is expected to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, MLB.com reports.
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Back with Yankees on majors deal
PNew York Yankees  AAA
September 14, 2021
Romano signed a major-league contract with the Yankees on Tuesday.
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