Blue Jays: Jordan Romano making strong case for increased role
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jordan Romano is turning heads in camp as he makes a strong case for an increased role in the bullpen this season.
Jordan Romano came into Blue Jays camp with some added muscle after a productive offseason workout routine. The Canadian hurler has enjoyed an increase in velocity consistently throwing in the high 90’s while making his skipper happy.
Romano has made four scoreless appearances fanning six batters while only surrendering two hits over four innings. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, manager Charlie Montoyo recently went out of his way to give a shout out to the hurler for his efforts.
The 26-year old figures to see some high leverage innings in the bullpen this season after making his MLB debut in 2019.
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The Blue Jays caught a break when Romano was returned to the club by the Texas Rangers last season at the end of spring training. The team left him exposed in last year’s Rule 5 draft prompting Romano to be selected by the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox then promptly sold him to the Rangers shortly after plucking him from the Blue Jays.
Romano would attend spring training with Texas before the club opted to return him to Toronto when he was not going to break camp with the team.
The native of Markham, Ontario made his MLB debut in June and went on to make 17 relief appearances for the big club. Although he sported an inflated 7.63 earned run average, he managed to strike out an impressive 21 batters in 15.1 innings of work.
The Canadian has back of the bullpen stuff and there were even rumblings last season that Romano could be anointed as the new closer in the event of a Ken Giles trade. The trade never materialized due to health concerns surrounding Giles and both remain in place to play integral roles this season.
The big right-hander has definitely turned some heads thus far in camp as he continues to prove his worth to his skipper. Expect this to be a breakout season for Romano in 2020.