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11/6/1984 (32 y, 3 m, 15 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 6, Overall: 6, Team: Toronto Blue Jays
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
Romero re-signed with the Giants on a minor league contract, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. (11/4/2016)
Roto Riteup: March 27, 2013
Zach Sanders (RotoGraphs)
Blue Jays Rotation: Depth Chart Discussion
Dan Wade (RotoGraphs)
Ricky Romero Sinking and Not Sinking
Jeff Sullivan (FanGraphs)
MASH Report (2/18/13)
Jeff Zimmerman (RotoGraphs)
Can Ricky Romero Bounce Back?
Erik Hahmann (RotoGraphs)
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Year in Review:
Romero deserves a lot of credit for the season he had in 2009. A former eighth-overall draft pick out of college, he received a lot of heat from fans for his "slow" development. The southpaw won a spot in the rotation in spring training and never looked back. He did, though, miss some time with an oblique injury, which hindered his command upon his return. In his two starts immediately after coming off the DL, Romero allowed 17 hits and 10 runs in 9.1 innings. Any rookie starter that can provide 140+ strikeouts and a solid number of wins is someone that fantasy managers will want to monitor.
The Year Ahead:
Romero gets a lot of movement on his pitches, so he may never produce excellent walk rates. He does, though, get a nice mix of strikeouts and ground-ball outs. If he can ever harness the command on his heater, look out. Right now, his best two pitches are his change-up and curveball. Romero is a candidate for the dreaded sophomore slump as he can get out of whack with his delivery fairly easily. Once he begins to struggle, he starts to nibble with his pitches. Don’t get too excited about drafting Romero, unless you’re in an AL-only league. Watch his April closely; if he’s pitching well, pick him up off the waiver wire. (Marc Hulet)
The emergence of Romero helped to soften the blow of losing Roy Halladay prior to the 2010 season. The Jays organization will put even more pressure on the former No. 1 draft pick after dealing another veteran starter -- Shaun Marcum -- this past off-season. Romero struggles with his command at times but he has a solid fastball for a lefty and two good secondary pitches -- a changeup and curveball. He racked up 174 strikeouts and was durable enough to throw 210 innings in his sophomore season. Romero also does a very nice job of keeping the ball on the ground (55.2%). The Jays have an okay but not great offense heading into the 2011 season. With a move up in the rotation, Romero could face tougher mound opponents, making wins harder to come by. With that said, the has the talent to be a No. 2 starter in the American League East, so don't underestimate his value in both mixed and AL-only leagues. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
Romero will be the go-to guy in 2011 for the Toronto Blue Jays. He has the potential to be a valuable mixed-league starter with a respectable ERA and good strikeout numbers.
At first glance, Ricky Romero had a breakout season in 2012. He kept his strikeout rate up, brought down his walks, and posted a sub-3.00 ERA. However, Romero had the third-lowest batting average on balls in play among qualified starters, leaving him with an FIP of 4.20 -- a far cry from his 2.92 ERA. Considering what we've seen the last three years from Romero, it seems safe to assume just over seven strikeouts per nine, around 3.5 walks per nine and around one home run per nine. All of that would likely leave him with an ERA in the high three's or low four's. Not enough to make him a fantasy ace, but certainly worth owning. He becomes even more valuable if you can avoid pitching him in division games. Last year Romero gave up five or more runs in a start five times, but four of those came against AL East opponents. By being cautious about when and how you use him, you can likely ride Romero to decent strikeout numbers and an ERA closer to 3.00. (Chad Young)
The Quick Opinion:
Romero has been very steady in terms of control and strikeouts, but has had fluctuating batting averages on balls in play, left on base percentages, and home run rates move his ERA from a high of 4.30 to a low of 2.92. Expect him to settle closer to 4.00 and draft accordingly -- but know that if you keep him away from New York and Boston, his numbers look much better.
It’s hard to believe, but Ricky Romero was the Blue Jays’ starting pitcher on Opening Day in 2012. It’s not enough to say that Romero struggled last year, or that he was just plain bad. No, he was awful; arguably the worst starter in the AL. After three successful years to begin his career, Romero took a massive step back in 2012. Romero’s no ace, not for the Blue Jays or for your fantasy team, but he could fill out your roster or ride your bench. You’re unlikely to be drafting him, unless you’re in a deep league -- Romero’s career FIP and walk rate, and curiously horrific 2012, should be enough to keep you away. But keep your eye on him, because, frankly, your guess about his future is as good as mine, making Romero a potential buy-low candidate should he be able to figure it out again. In 2012, Romero, more often than not, always seemed to be his own harshest critic, and his own biggest enemy on the mound. He did have surgery in the offseason, yet another red flag. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
Ricky Romero was arguably the worst starting pitcher in the American League in 2012, and he’s gone from ace of the Toronto staff to its fifth starter. If the first three seasons of his career were a mirage, he certainly fooled us all. Keep your eye on him, as Romero’s looking to bounce back in 2013; he could be yet a buy-low candidate to fill out your roster.
Ricky Romero was never going to look like a great pick given that the Jays picked him immediately ahead of Troy Tulowitzki in the 2005 draft, but he at least made up for some of it by making the majors in 2009, and pitching very well in 2010 and 2011, earning himself a five-year extension along the way. Romero had never had good control, but he struck out an above-average number of batters and kept the ball on the ground enough to make up for it. However, things fell apart in 2012. It was not just balls-in-play regression: his strikeouts dropped and his control went from "mediocre at best" to "where is that strike zone again?" It was so bad that Romero spent almost all of 2013 in the minors. As bad as his 2012 major league performance was, his 2013 performance in Triple-A (5.78 ERA) was even more discouraging. What ever "it" is, Romero seems to have lost it. Contract or not, Romero does not seem to have a place on the Blue Jays in 2014. It would make a great story if Romero could turn it around, but hoping for a great story does not win fantasy leagues. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
There have been stranger happenings than a potential Ricky Romero turnaround, but that is not enough for you to bother with him in your fantasy leagues outside of maybe talking up a turnaround in order to trick someone else into wasting a pick on him.
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