Future Watch: Sal Romano Rookie Baseball Cards, Reds – One look at Sal Romano who stands 6′-5″, 260lbs and you now he is something special. This gunslinger was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 23rd round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. The right-hander starred at Southington, High School in Connecticut.
Last season he was promoted to AA but only got in seven games. This season he is 1-6 but has 60 strikeouts in 60 innings of work. He’s finding his way through the minors before he eventually gets a shot at the big leagues.
Now 22, and starting for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, he is one of the most important starters in their rotation. He gets a lot of ground ball outs and many feel he’s made great progress. When you’re a star pitcher in AA, often times players will get promoted instead of going to AAA.
He’s on the 40-man roster which means the team protected him from the Rule-5 draft and it also means a call-up this season is possible.
His fastball tops out around 96-98 MPH. He knows he has to set up hitters as he moves up the ladder. Batters get smarter and are fine with taking walks. Once Romano masters his command he’ll be a top of the rotation pitcher.
Here’s a look at Sal’s windup:
“If Romano can continue to make strides as he moves forward, then he has the chance to stay in a rotation long-term. Worst-case, his fastball-curve combination would work well if he were to become a power reliever.”
He’s got a card in 2016 Bowman Baseball. His Chrome prospect autograph card is CPA-SR.
Fans are starting to get excited about this power pitcher. It’s a long summer and he’s looking for a big league chance.
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