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Magic Number Thread

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Front Page: Who is the Twins Team MVP?

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Three under the radar moves that deserve credit

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Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #2 Fernando Romero

Fernando Romero was Twins Daily’s top prospect last season, but it was easy to predict that he’d be unseated. Even a year ago at this time, it would have been a pretty safe bet to pencil in the future No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 MLB Draft in this season’s top spot. Still, Romero faced plenty of competition for the second spot. What set Romero apart from the other contenders?
Age: 23 (DOB:12/24/1994)
2017 Stats (AA): 125 IP, 3.53 ERA, 120 K, 45 BB, 1.35 WHIP
ETA: Late 2018
2017 Ranking: 1

National Top 100 Rankings
BA: NR | MLB: 68 | ESPN: 47 | BP: 97

What’s To Like?
Romero has a plus fastball that tops out at 98, paired with a plus slider in the upper 80s and his changeup is average. He showed his true potential over a 13-start stretch that spanned from May 24 to Aug. 2. Over that stretch, Romero was 9-1 with a 1.40 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 9.9 K/9 over 70.2 innings pitched.

Excuse me while I wipe the sweat off my brow.

Romero was excellent at limiting damage, holding opposing batters to a .256/.330/.351 (.681) line despite giving up a .331 BABIP. He’s surrendered just six home runs over 303.1 innings in the minor leagues. Among the 54 pitchers to log at least 120 innings in Double-A last season, Romero was second in FIP (2.93), third in swinging strike rate (12.0), fifth in K/9 (8.64) and sixth in GB/FB (2.00).

The Twins will certainly give Romero every opportunity to develop as a starter, but per Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook “some see him eventually turning into a Francisco Rodriguez-type late-inning piece.” That’s one hell of a backup plan.

What’s Left To Work On?
Romero limped into the offseason, pitching to a 10.67 ERA and 2.09 WHIP over his final three starts. He had been limited to five innings per outing over the final two months of the season due to concerns over his innings, and ended the year on the DL due to a shoulder impingement.

Thanks to Seth, we know Romero is entering 2018 healthy. Then what’s left to work on? Hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. Here’s what Romero said to Seth in the piece that’s linked above:

”I’ve been working on development of my changeup. But I’ll be better this year. I’ve been working on it. I’m going to keep it up.”

The development of that changeup may be the determining factor on whether or not Romero remains in the rotation. Lefties had an OPS of more than 100 points higher than right-handed batters against him last year (.740 OPS vs. .631 OPS).

The other pivotal element in determining Romero’s future role may be his walk rate. After issuing free passes to just 4.3 percent of the hitters he faced in 2016, that rate jumped to 8.3 last year. That’s not alarming, but it’s higher than teammates and fellow top-20 prospects Stephen Gonsalvez (6.5), Zack Littell (7.5) and Felix Jorge (6.6) all had in Double-A last season.

What’s Next?
It appears likely that Romero will open 2018 back in Chattanooga, but assuming all goes well he’ll be Rochester bound before long. It also seems like a good bet that he’ll make his major league debut at some point this season, as well. Having thrown 125 innings last year, however, it’s safe to assume the Twins will be keeping a close eye on his workload again in 2018.

TD Top Prospects: 16-20
TD Top Prospects: 11-15
TD Top Prospect: #10 Akil Baddoo
TD Top Prospect: #9 Brusdar Graterol
TD Top Prospects: #8 Blayne Enlow
TD Top Prospects: #7 Brent Rooker
TD Top Prospects: #6 Wander Javier
TD Top Prospects: #5 Alex Kirilloff
TD Top Prospects: #4 Stephen Gonsalves
TD Top Prospects: #3 Nick Gordon
TD Top Prospects: #2 Fernando Romero
TD Top Prospects: #1 (Coming Soon)
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29 Comments

Starter! Relief pitchers are those who fail at starting.Getting an Ace is damn near impossible for a MN team so groom him, pitch him, coach him.Relief down the road if all else fails, but I believe in starters! 

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Twins may want to start him at AA so he pitches early on in warmer weather at Chattanooga rather than in Rochester. Especially for some of the Dominican players, early April in Rochester (not to mention Minnesota) will be very cold and tougher on their arms.

Twins may want to start him at AA so he pitches early on in warmer weather at Chattanooga rather than in Rochester. Especially for some of the Dominican players, early April in Rochester (not to mention Minnesota) will be very cold and tougher on their arms.

In the big leagues he's going to have to pitch at Target Field in April. Why not give him some experience with that general type of thing this year at AAA? The purpose isn't for him to put up the gaudiest minor league numbers, it's to develop into the best big leaguer he can be. If his numbers take a hit in the first half, it still may be for the best.

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diehardtwinsfan
Feb 22 2018 11:14 AM

 

agreed, he needs to be in MN at some time this year. If not wouldn't it be his 3rd option?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is his second option year. He will have another option next year... and given two years of injuries, he might be a 4 option guy, but I could be wrong there. 


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