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Fernando Romero

Born: 12/24/1994 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 215
Mechanics
Body: Broad shouldered frame with some softness to middle; Will have to stay on top of the conditioning; Long arms and strong legs.

Delivery: Throws from a low 3/4 slot and semi-wind up; Separates over the rubber, with slightly long arm path in back combined with an elbow that gets high at times; Plus arm speed with on-line delivery; Slight front hip blocking and stiff landing leg limit ability to finish pitches at times.
Evaluator James Fisher
Report Date 06/02/2016
Affiliate Cedar Rapids Kernels (Low A, Twins)
Dates Seen 6/1/16
OFP 60
Realistic 3rd Starter
MLB ETA 2019
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 70 70 95 98 93-98; T 97 in the 6th; Big-time fastball with explosive velocity and life out of the hand; Plus armside run for most of outing ; Movement did run pitch into two bats but limited hard contact for the majority of the outing; Broke several bats; Locates pitch to both sides of the plate; Will elevate for strikeout.
Slider 40 60 87 90 86-90; Power slider with late tilt and bite in the zone; Can really spin it; Hitters struggle to pick it up out of his hand; Strikeout pitch at present; Limited feel at present but did show ability to throw it to both halves of the plate.
Changeup 30 50 86 86 Limited viewing; Proper arm speed with tumble late; Focused on keeping it down in zone during warm ups; Work in progress but shows feel.
Overall

Fernando Romero is a 21 y.o. right handed starter from the D.R. with a large frame and limited physical projection remaining. The fastball makes you sit up and take notice sitting 93-97 and touching 98 with above-average arm-side run that hitters struggle to barrel and saws off bats. His slider is powerful with short, late bite in the zone sitting 86-90. The change up is a work in progress at this point with only a couple in game offerings but flashes proper arm speed and tumble. The command wavers at this point but this was his 3rd start back from Tommy John surgery and the ability to locate the fastball to his glove side points to average command in the future. Romero will be a 3rd starter at the big league level with a ++ fastball and above-average slider.

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