Sal Romano
P | Bats/Throws: L/R | 6' 5" 255LBS | Age: 30
Draft: 2011 | Rd: 23, #715, Cincinnati Reds | Southington (CT) HS
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 1 0 7.71 12 0 2 16.1 16 1.84
2020 1 0 0.00 2 0 0 1.1 0 0.00
2021 0 2 6.12 19 0 0 25 17 1.68
5 Seasons 15 21 5.23 88 41 2 275.1 211 1.48
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 12 1-0 7.71 16.1 16 1.84
2020 2 1-0 0.00 1.1 0 0.00
2021 19 0-2 6.12 25 17 1.68
5 Seasons 88 15-21 5.23 275.1 211 1.48
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
Sweet
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2017 23 1498 270 12 4.4 3.1 87.4 109.9 7.6 27.0 .239 .367 .340 .303 .330 34.1 19.0 9.6 4.45 3.92
2018 24 2404 482 39 8.1 6.1 88.3 112.9 10.6 32.2 .269 .450 .334 .338 .374 34.2 16.3 8.2 5.31 4.93
2019 25 306 52 5 9.6 6.5 91.1 109.4 13.3 40.4 .273 .531 .418 .385 .463 37.5 20.8 10.4 7.71 6.96
2020 26 13 4 0 0.0 0.0 94.5 105.3 23.3 50.0 .441 .674 .000 .475 .475 75.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 11.63
2021 27 437 89 8 9.0 6.8 89.4 108.7 12.3 36.0 .293 .518 .362 .373 .408 41.6 14.4 9.3 6.12 6.19
Player 4658 897 64 7.1 5.2 88.3 112.9 10.1 31.5 .263 .437 .343 .334 .370 35.2 17.2 8.9
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Romano relies on 4 pitches.
Sinker
(61.1%) ,
Slider
(35.5%) ,
Knuckle Curve
(2.1%) ,
Four Seamer
(1.4%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2017 53.3 18.5 22.2 5.9 35.2 37.8 27.0 5.6 36.7 21.1 24.1 5.2 4.4 3.1
2018 46.9 23.2 23.4 6.4 37.1 37.1 25.3 2.9 35.1 23.7 23.7 4.8 8.1 6.1
2019 38.5 32.7 26.9 1.9 21.2 50.0 28.8 1.9 28.8 26.9 21.2 3.8 9.6 6.5
2020 25.0 0.0 50.0 25.0 25.0 25.0 50.0 0.0 25.0 25.0 25.0 25.0 0.0 0.0
2021 40.4 30.3 23.6 5.6 23.6 48.3 28.1 2.2 28.1 21.3 28.1 11.2 9.0 6.8
Player 47.6 23.0 23.4 6.0 34.2 39.1 26.4 3.6 34.4 22.9 24.1 5.6 7.1 5.2
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.9 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2021 Curveball NYY R 9 81.2 42.9 -8.3 -16 1.1 -5.8 -84
2021 Slider NYY R 155 87.3 32.5 -0.8 -2 2.2 -1.6 -42
2021 4-Seam Fastball NYY R 6 93.4 15.1 -0.7 -5 12.4 5.9 91
2021 Sinker NYY R 267 93.6 24.0 3.4 17 16.1 1.9 13
2020 Sinker CIN R 10 95.2 23.0 3.1 16 19.4 4.7 32
2020 Slider CIN R 3 87.5 33.0 0.2 1 1.1 -4.5 -133
2019 4-Seam Fastball CIN R 13 95.3 16.0 -2.2 -16 8.7 1.6 23
2019 Slider CIN R 90 87.1 38.6 4.6 14 3.5 -0.5 -12
2019 Sinker CIN R 159 96.0 17.1 -2.8 -14 13.6 -0.9 -6
2019 Curveball CIN R 6 81.4 45.6 -7.1 -13 5.3 -0.6 -10
2018 Changeup CIN R 124 87.7 26.7 -1.8 -6 10.8 -2.4 -18
2018 Slider CIN R 675 86.8 36.2 2.0 6 1.7 -2.3 -58
2018 4-Seam Fastball CIN R 46 93.9 17.2 -2.5 -17 5.2 -1.8 -25
2018 Sinker CIN R 1,525 94.1 19.3 -1.0 -5 13.9 -0.1 -1
2018 Curveball CIN R 24 82.5 43.0 -8.5 -17 4.6 -1.6 -25
2017 Sinker CIN R 852 95.3 13.7 -3.5 -20 11.9 -2.4 -17
2017 Curveball CIN R 7 82.0 43.3 -6.5 -13 5.1 -1.0 -17
2017 4-Seam Fastball CIN R 79 95.5 14.9 -2.4 -20 4.6 -3.1 -40
2017 Slider CIN R 411 87.0 34.8 3.2 10 2.7 -0.7 -20
2017 Changeup CIN R 146 88.9 22.3 -2.9 -11 10.1 -3.2 -24
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2021 Sinker -1.3 -3 267 61.1 84 .289 .461 .380 11.8 14.3 22.6 .275 .464 .351 39.1
2021 Slider -2.8 -4 155 35.5 30 .321 .607 .443 15.0 16.7 10.4 .326 .639 .421 43.5
2021 Curveball 3.2 0 9 2.1 2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .545 .883 .604 100.0
2021 4-Seam Fastball -0.2 0 6 1.4 -- -- -- 50.0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2020 Sinker 4.8 0 10 76.9 2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 -- .562 .761 .573 100.0
2020 Slider 26.3 1 3 23.1 2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .320 .587 .378 50.0
2019 Sinker -3.9 -6 159 52.0 37 .424 .879 .562 7.6 10.8 16.7 .310 .659 .433 34.5
2019 Slider -0.4 0 90 29.4 26 .240 .440 .304 28.6 30.8 18.6 .248 .428 .297 41.2
2019 4-Seam Fastball 4.7 1 13 4.2 2 .000 .000 .000 60.0 50.0 50.0 .000 .000 .596 100.0
2019 Curveball 4.8 0 6 2.0 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 -- .813 .986 .777 0.0
2018 Sinker -0.8 -12 1,525 63.4 409 .312 .515 .399 11.0 9.3 12.2 .311 .531 .391 37.3
2018 Slider 1.0 7 675 28.1 192 .160 .293 .214 32.5 33.3 19.5 .183 .280 .223 24.4
2018 Changeup -3.1 -4 124 5.2 21 .381 .714 .464 20.4 0.0 0.0 .285 .537 .353 38.1
2018 4-Seam Fastball -2.1 -1 46 1.9 10 .375 .500 .445 26.3 20.0 40.0 .337 .395 .397 33.3
2018 Curveball -3.3 -1 24 1.0 3 .500 1.500 .767 20.0 0.0 0.0 .250 .871 .534 50.0
2017 Sinker 0.1 1 852 56.9 207 .292 .526 .398 13.2 12.1 15.2 .262 .434 .354 36.4
2017 Slider 0.4 2 411 27.4 129 .240 .355 .265 38.3 34.1 21.8 .196 .262 .219 25.0
2017 Changeup -2.3 -3 146 9.7 23 .304 .435 .359 18.0 8.7 11.1 .253 .392 .276 42.9
2017 4-Seam Fastball 0.9 1 79 5.3 23 .313 .375 .366 13.9 8.7 13.3 .306 .399 .368 44.4
2017 Curveball 1.1 0 7 0.5 -- -- -- 100.0 -- -- -- -- -- --
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2021 Sinker 261 93.6 82 18.1 1:30 2:15 -45
2021 Slider 148 87.3 23 6.0 11:45 11:30 15
2020 Sinker 10 95.2 87 21.1 1:45 2:30 -45
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2017 382 1,497 -4 22 -13 -6 0
2018 635 2,394 -3 13 -12 -8 -11
2019 66 268 0 -4 -1 -1 -6
2021 116 437 -3 3 -5 -2 -7
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2017 1,498 50.9 62.6 82.4 24.2 63.5 41.2 54.9 43.8 22.0 8.1 76.2
2018 2,404 50.6 66.4 88.2 27.6 60.7 44.2 58.4 47.3 18.1 8.6 72.8
2019 306 50.7 61.8 91.7 22.7 56.7 42.2 52.6 40.5 18.5 8.2 54.5
2020 13 76.9 60.0 100.0 0.0 -- 38.5 100.0 46.2 0.0 7.7 100.0
2021 437 50.6 64.3 89.4 19.9 74.4 42.6 53.8 42.3 13.0 7.8 79.4
Player 4,658 50.8 64.7 86.7 25.4 62.4 42.9 56.7 45.2 18.8 8.3 73.5
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2017 62 59 73 78 44 57 79 43 42 30 29 33 17 83 20 51
2018 17 12 14 20 22 6 20 50 61 12 48 7 46 69 12 18
2019 86 28 21
2021 51 21 20
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2017 23.3 9 4.9 4 12 4 2 22.2
2018 22.5 23 21.6 1 11 14 11 47.8
2019 23.6 4 3.4 1 3 3 1 25.0
2021 21.4 5 4.5 1 1 4 1 20.0
Player 22.7 41 34.4 7 27 25 15 36.6

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2017 9 4 4 8 6 4 5 3 4 2 4 12 5 3 4 5 3 2 7 5 5 4 9 5 2 4 5 10 6 4 4
2018 23 27 17 19 21 19 24 23 18 15 17 28 27 21 20 24 21 20 24 25 24 26 25 25 16 16 23 20 27 19 16
2019 4 5 4 2 3 3 5 2 1 2 2 4 4 4 2 4 3 2 3 2 5 5 4 5 5 4 2 4 6 4 2
2021 5 5 3 4 5 5 5 5 3 4 4 4 5 4 5 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 6 5 4 4 5 5 4 4 4
Player 41 41 28 33 35 31 39 33 26 23 27 48 41 32 31 39 32 29 38 36 38 39 44 40 27 28 35 39 43 31 26
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2017 2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 95.3 94.1 -1.2 95.9 1.8 95.2 -0.7 93.6 -1.6
Offspeed Velocity 88.9 87.7 -1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Breaking Velocity 86.9 86.7 -0.2 86.7 0.0 87.5 0.8 87.0 -0.5
Exit Velocity 87.4 88.3 0.9 91.1 2.8 94.5 3.4 89.4 -5.1
Launch Angle 7.6 10.6 3.0 13.3 2.7 23.3 10.0 12.3 -11.0
Barrel % 4.4 8.1 3.7 9.6 1.5 0.0 -9.6 9.0 9.0
Hard Hit % 34.1 34.2 0.1 37.5 3.3 75.0 37.5 41.6 -33.4
Sweet Spot % 27.0 32.2 5.2 40.4 8.2 50.0 9.6 36.0 -14.0
xBA .239 .269 0.030 .273 0.004 .441 0.168 .293 -0.148
BA .275 .267 -0.008 .328 0.061 .000 -0.328 .292 0.292
xwOBA .303 .338 0.035 .385 0.047 .475 0.090 .373 -0.102
wOBA .340 .334 -0.006 .418 0.084 .000 -0.418 .362 0.362
xSLG .367 .450 0.083 .531 0.081 .674 0.143 .518 -0.156
SLG .450 .453 0.003 .627 0.174 .000 -0.627 .491 0.491
K% 19.0 16.3 -2.7 20.8 4.5 0.0 -20.8 14.4 14.4
BB% 9.6 8.2 -1.4 10.4 2.2 0.0 -10.4 9.3 9.3
Swing % 43.8 47.3 3.5 40.5 -6.8 46.2 5.7 42.3 -3.9
Whiff% 22.0 18.1 -3.9 18.5 0.4 0.0 -18.5 13.0 13.0
In Zone % 50.9 50.6 -0.3 50.7 0.1 76.9 26.2 50.6 -26.3
Out of Zone % 49.1 49.4 0.3 49.3 -0.1 23.1 -26.2 49.4 26.3
Out of Zone Swing % 24.2 27.6 3.4 22.7 -4.9 0.0 -22.7 19.9 19.9
First Pitch Swing % 23.7 28.0 4.3 21.1 -6.9 25.0 3.9 23.9 -1.1
First Pitch Strike % 54.9 58.4 3.5 52.6 -5.8 100.0 47.4 53.8 -46.2
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2017 Shifts 382 .340 203 10 4.9 179 34 19.0
2018 Shifts 637 .335 335 12 3.6 302 105 34.8
2019 Shifts 76 .418 41 3 7.3 35 23 65.7
2020 Shifts 4 .000 2 2 100.0 2 2 100.0
2021 Shifts 116 .362 67 6 9.0 49 27 55.1
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2017 460 15.3 44.3% 1.1% 253 24.7 0.0% 11.9%
2018 752 15.6 41.8% 1.2% 334 23.9 0.0% 10.2%
2019 73 19.4 28.8% 0.0% 53 23.0 0.0% 5.7%
2020 4 20.1 0.0% 0.0% 3 30.6 0.0% 66.7%
2021 132 20.8 1.5% 3.8% 84 23.6 0.0% 8.3%
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Pitch Distribution