Fantasy Baseball Waiver Add: Fernando Romero
Fernando Romero continues to impress in the big leagues.
Romero followed up his solid Major League debut with six scoreless innings as Minnesota won a season-high fourth straight game — 6-0 over the Cardinals on Monday night at Busch Stadium.
He is yet to give up a run in his 11 1/3 IP and has struck out 14 batters. He has struggled with his command, walking six batters good for a 4.6 BB/9. But in fantasy baseball anytime a pitcher can leave the opposing team scoreless, it is considered a win.
Romero is the Twins second-ranked prospect in their farm system and has the opportunity to stay up with the club all season should he continue to pitch the way he has.
He can sit in the mid-90s with ease and reach back for 98-99 mph at times )although he hasn’t don this yet in the majors). His slider continues to sharpen and it will flash plus when his mechanics are good. His changeup should be an average pitch and the more he can throw it effectively, the better weapon it will be against left-handed hitters. While he’s not a command artist, he’ll throw enough strikes to be a successful starter.
The key for Romero now is to continue to build strength and show durability throughout a season. Romero was understandably treated with kid gloves in 2016. Those gloves came off a bit in 2017, Romero has the chance to reach his potential as a frontline starter. If he can do that and his stuff continues to improve, he could eventually pitch near the top of a rotation.
In deeper formats and dynasty leagues, Romero should already be owned but if he isn’t the time is now to scoop him up on the waiver wire. In redraft or standard leagues, a flier should be taken on the young pitcher, but hesitance is understandable this early in his career and season.
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