The Toronto Blue Jays will be holding positional auditions for the remaining six weeks of the season, however, could pitcher Jordan Romano be destined for the closer role?
Jordan Romano found his way back to the Blue Jays organization after being selected in the Rule 5 draft earlier this season. It is safe to say the brain trust won’t leave the right-hander unprotected again as the 26-year old has impressed and may even be tabbed for the closer’s role in the near future.
Romano is making his way back from an oblique injury that sidelined him for the past month otherwise he would be on the major league roster. The reliever pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Bisons on Tuesday and could be back in the Jays bullpen sooner than later.
The hurler has impressed overpowering hitters this season, Romano fanned 11 in just 5.1 innings with the big club and 48 in 35 innings of work in Triple-A. If Romano can cut down on his home run offerings, he could be a force to be reckoned with moving forward.
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Manager Charlie Montoyo has been very impressed with Romano and has mentioned his name in the same breath when discussing the future backend of his bullpen. The native of Markham, Ontario collected five saves with the herd this season and could provide some stability in the pen with the likes of Derek Law next season.
The Blue Jays will presumably look to trade close Ken Giles this offseason after their efforts were stalled at the trade deadline due to a nagging injury. This would open the door for the likes of Romano to get a long look this September and heading into spring training.
The former starter has made only three starts this season and appears destined for the bullpen at the MLB level. Could he be the future closer, all things are pointing in that direction.