Twins call up top pitching prospect Fernando Romero

Romero high 90s fastball will be a breath of fresh air.
Publish date:

The Twins made some waves Monday by calling up top pitching prospect Fernando Romero from Triple-A Rochester. 

Romero will take the place of Phil Hughes in the starting rotation and will debut Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Hughes, meanwhile, has been sent to the bullpen. 

Twins fans are going to start drooling when they see Twins Daily's scouting report on Romero. 

"Romero has a plus fastball that tops out at 98, paired with a plus slider in the upper 80s and his changeup is average. He showed his true potential over a 13-start stretch that spanned from May 24 to Aug. 2. Over that stretch, Romero was 9-1 with a 1.40 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 9.9 K/9 over 70.2 innings pitched."

To put it bluntly, Romero throws straight gas and can pile up the strikeouts quickly. 

Romero had a 3.53 ERA at Double-A last season and so far this season he's been even better at Triple-A, posting a 2.57 ERA in four starts while racking up 20 strikeouts in 21 innings. 

"I think that people envision him being a very high-end starter," Twins manager Paul Molitor said of Romero in February. 

Next Up