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Jordan Romano Succeeding in the Rotation

Righty was impressive in his new role last season

Jordan Romano Succeeding in the Rotation

October 24, 2016

Jordan Romano is performing well in his new role. (Kyle Castle)

Jordan Romano is performing well in his new role. (Kyle Castle)

 

Transitioning from the bullpen to the rotation proved to be beneficial for right-handed pitcher Jordan Romano in 2016.

Beginning his transition during extended spring training, Romano was preparing himself for a bigger workload with the low-A Lansing Lugnuts.

“It was about getting more reps in extended spring training,” stated Romano. “I was coming back from Tommy John surgery and my arm needed to get used to throwing again.”

The extra preparation paid off for Romano as he was a consistent arm in the Lugnuts’ rotation. Finishing the year with a 1.05 WHIP, and a .191 opponent batting average was a great way for the prospect to step back into the game after missing a season due to his recovery.

Romano’s excellent numbers comes from his ability to command all three of his pitches. Currently using a mix of a fastball, slider, and changeup; Romano discusses what he likes about his heater and what he hopes to accomplish with his secondary pitches.

“I like to get ahead and attack hitters with my fastball,” said Romano. “That’s basically what I try to do with it every outing.”

“I’m trying to throw my slider more for strikes,” Romano added. “I’m working hard at putting it wherever I want it.”

“My changeup is developing okay,” Romano concluded. “It’s my third pitch right now. I like my fastball and slider more. But I’m starting to throw my changeup more and it’s getting better the more I throw it.”

But it’s more than three quality pitches that makes Romano a force to be reckoned with on the mound. It’s his mindset before every outing.

Describing in detail what makes Romano so effective every fifth day, Lansing Lugnuts pitching coach Jeff Ware discusses what he likes best about the righty.

“I love Jordan Romano’s work habits, his aggressiveness, and the way he attacks hitters,” stated Ware. “Jordan feels he can’t be beat and that’s a great quality to have as a pitcher.”

These attributes will be put on display more in the upcoming seasons, as Romano continues to get acclimated to his new role. Liking every aspect of the change to date, the prospect talks about the differences in relieving and starting.

“Relieving was great, because you’re always on call to pitch in any game,” stated Romano. “Starting is great, because you’re pitching once every fifth day, but you’re getting more innings. I think I like starting a little more right now.”

Romano also enjoys his workout routine more as a member of the starting rotation, as he has a better idea of what days he’s going to throw.

“I really like the routine to starting,” Romano added. “You can get on a great lifting schedule, because you’re only pitching every fifth day, as opposed to being a reliever and not knowing when you’re throwing. I really like the routine aspect of being a starter.”

After a great first season starting, it appears that Romano found a home for himself in the minor leagues.

Blue Jays fans will definitely be on the lookout for Jordan Romano as he continues to be an excellent arm in their system for years to come.