Jordan Romano

29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Day-To-Day
Injury Illness
2022 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#93
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$Signed a one-year, $567,800 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2020.
Expected to avoid IL
PToronto Blue Jays
Illness
May 18, 2022
Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Romano (illness) is recovering from a gastrointestinal infection but isn't expected to require a stint on the 15-day injured list, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
ANALYSIS
Romano hasn't appeared out of the bullpen since Saturday on account of the illness, which he's been treating with antibiotics. Though the Blue Jays are labeling Romano as day-to-day and believe he'll avoid the IL, the 28-year-old doesn't sound like he'll be available for Wednesday's series finale with the Mariners. Adam Cimber has secured saves on back-to-back days while Romano was on the mend, but the Blue Jays could go in a different direction if a save situation arises Wednesday.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Jordan Romano generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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61-70
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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41-50
 
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111-120
 
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 2020
 
 
-35%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-34%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-61%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .142 152 67 10 20 4 0 3
Since 2020vs Right .218 219 56 25 42 7 0 8
2022vs Left .208 26 10 2 5 1 0 0
2022vs Right .250 35 7 3 8 1 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
 
 
-37%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-100%
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 2.61 0.97 48.1 5 1 20 11.9 2.6 1.5
Since 2020Away 1.64 1.14 44.0 5 3 17 12.1 4.3 0.6
2022Home 0.00 0.67 9.0 1 0 8 9.0 2.0 0.0
2022Away 7.94 2.12 5.2 0 2 4 12.7 4.8 3.2
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
3.40
 
K/9
10.4
 
BB/9
3.1
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
96.5 mph
 
ERA
3.07
 
WHIP
1.23
 
BABIP
.311
 
GB/FB
1.07
 
Left On Base
78.9%
 
Exit Velocity
84.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.1%
 
Spin Rate
2246 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
32.4%
 
Swinging Strike
17.1%
 
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27 days ago
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29 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
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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Deemed day-to-day
PToronto Blue Jays
Illness
May 17, 2022
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Tuesday that Romano remains day-to-day with a non-COVID-19-related illness, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Dealing with illness
PToronto Blue Jays
Illness
May 16, 2022
Romano was unavailable to pitch in Monday's game against the Mariners due to a non-COVID-related illness, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.
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Unavailable Monday
PToronto Blue Jays
Undisclosed
May 16, 2022
Romano will not be available to pitch in Monday's game against Seattle and is currently being evaluated by the team's medical staff, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
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Blows second save Tuesday
PToronto Blue Jays
May 11, 2022
Romano (1-2) blew the save and took the loss Tuesday as the Blue Jays were downed 6-5 by the Yankees, giving up three runs on one hit and two walks in one-third of an inning with the out coming via strikeout.
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Snatches 12th save
PToronto Blue Jays
May 4, 2022
Romano pitched a scoreless ninth inning on his way to a save in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Yankees. He allowed two hits and walked one while also registering a strikeout.
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