Romero struck out two and allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks over five innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Saturday.
The matchup against fellow rookie phenom Freddy Peralta fizzled as neither pitcher put together a particularly impressive outing, but Romero's performance was the better of the two. The 23-year-old now has a 1.66 ERA and 22:11 K:BB through his first 21.2 big-league innings, and after a couple of no-decisions Romero will look to get back in the win column Friday in Seattle.
Romero gave up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out six in five innings Sunday against the Angels. He did not factor in the decision.
He wasn't particularly efficient with his pitches, throwing 92 pitches (56 strikes) in just five innings. Limiting runs and hits while failing to go particularly deep into games is something of an art for Romero, who has given up just one run with 20 strikeouts through 16.2 innings, giving up almost as many walks (nine) as hits (11). He has his flaws, but his ability to miss bats and limit quality contact should continue to make him useful in the majority of leagues. Romero is scheduled to start Saturday at home against the Brewers.
Romero (2-0) tossed six shutout innings and allowed just three hits and three walks with nine strikeouts through six innings to earn the victory Monday over the Cardinals.
Romero has now opened his career with an amazing 11.2 scoreless innings after leaving the Cardinals utterly baffled. The rookie induced seven groundballs and 14 swinging strikes. His slider was vicious, drawing six of those 14 whiffs on just 24 offerings. The only possible quibble with Romero's first two starts could be his control -- he has six walks and a hit-by-pitch thus far, and eventually a lineup will make him pay for the free passes. But thus far, Romero is looking like the addition to their starting rotation that the Twins so desperately needed. Entering Monday's contest, the Twins ranked 22nd in the league with a 4.53 ERA, so expect them to ride Romero's hot hand as far as it will take them. He'll likely make his third career start Sunday against the Angels.
Romero (1-0) earned the win Wednesday, throwing 5.2 shutout innings while striking out five and allowing four hits and three walks against the Blue Jays.
With the struggling Phil Hughes demoted to bullpen duty, Romero made the most of his big-league debut. The 23-year-old had worked to a 2.57 ERA in four appearances (three starts) with Triple-A Rochester and has proven to be a reliable source of strikeouts at all levels in the minors. He hasn't officially been tabbed for another start, but it'd stand to reason Romero would get another turn through after Wednesday's outing. He's currently lined up to take on Cardinals on Monday.
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|2014||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||0||0||3.00||3||3||0||0||0||12.0||13||4||4||1||0||5||9|
|2016||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||4||1||1.93||5||5||0||0||0||28.0||18||6||6||0||1||5||25|
|2016||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||5||2||1.88||11||11||0||0||0||62.1||48||15||13||1||3||10||65|