Minnesota Twins: Top 10 Prospect – No. 4 Fernando Romero
Puckett’s Pond presents our Top 10 Minnesota Twins prospects. At #4 is Fernando Romero.
Fernando Romero shocked a lot of observers with his impressive return to the mound last year. Coming into this season, Romero is one of the most exciting players in our countdown of the top 10 Minnesota Twins prospects.
In 2014 he made three starts before heading to the disabled list. Romero needed Tommy John surgery, and as a result, he missed the entire 2015 season.
He made his return last season on May, 20. After five starts with single-A Cedar Rapids, the Twins promoted Romero to single-A Advanced Fort Myers.
Romero’s stats were just as good after the promotion.
Overall, the season was a huge success for him. The right-hander is set to pitch in his fifth professional season.
#4 – Fernando Romero
- Name: Fernando Romero
- Position: SP Age: 22
- Height: 6’0” Weight: 215 lbs.
- Throws: Right Bats: Right
- Acquired: Signed as an amateur free agent in 2011
As previously mentioned, Romero made five starts with Cedar Rapids. In those five starts, he won four of them. There isn’t much stock in the number of wins in the minor leagues. However, in this case, it was a barometer of where Romero was in his recovery.
He was able to pitch deep into games while allowing three or fewer runs in each of his five games with Cedar Rapids. Romero’s first game was a clear indication that he was ready as he pitched five perfect innings.
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In five games with Cedar Rapids, Romero owned a 1.93 ERA, an 8.0 K/9, and a 1.6 BB/9. Amazingly, he bested those numbers after his promotion.
In 11 starts with Fort Myers, he owned a 1.88 ERA, a 9.4 K/9, and a 1.4 BB/9. When the season ended, Romero had collected 90 strikeouts in 90 and 1/3 innings with a 1.89 ERA.
To top off his return from surgery, Romero consistently threw his fastball in the upper-90s. He sets himself up to truly reach ace potential this season.
Yes, that’s right. The Twins have an ace in the making, and it’s Romero.
Notes: Romero is with the Twins this spring as a non-roster invite. He pitched one against Washington on Sunday. Mike Berardino reported on Twitter Romero hit 98 mph with his fastball and 88-89 with his slider. Romero should get a few more looks this spring. He should start the season with Fort Myers.
Next: Twins Number 5 Prospect - Alex Kirilloff
Previous stories on Puckett’s Pond Top 10 Prospects:
Honorable Mentions #10: Adalberto Mejia
#9: Nick Burdi #8: Ben Rortvedt
#7: J.T. Chargois #6: Kohl Stewart #5: Alex Kirilloff