Velocity and Location fuel Jordan Romano’s breakout

It’s only been nine innings in this short season, but Jordan Romano is easily the biggest success story of the season.

He’s given up just a single hit and he’s struck out 13. In the absence of Ken Giles, Romano has become the best arm in the Blue Jays ‘pen.
Romano has the big fastball you want in a power reliever.

That is just perfect spot for that pitch. Romano didn’t elevate the fastball to this degree last season and that was a big part of why he had a 7.63 ERA.

Romano threw 198 fastballs last season and as you can see on the left, the majority of them were right in the heart of the plate. It doesn’t matter how hard you throw batters can hit any fastball in that location. This season however you can see the change. There are still a few fastballs in the strike zone but a large portion of them are like that pitch to Cabrera, up and out of the zone.
It helps as well if you can increase velocity and …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

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