Sal Romano

Position: RHP
Born: 10/12/93
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 260
B/T: L/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 23rd round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (CIN).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2016 Season Stats: Went 6-11 with a 3.52 ERA in 27 starts at Pensacola (Double-A), striking out 144 while walking 34 in 156 innings, giving up 157 hits and limiting opposing batters to a .260 average. In two starts at Louisville (Triple-A), he had posted a 1.38 ERA, striking out eight while walking just one and allowing 11 hits in 13 innings, limiting batters to a .229 average.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Louisville April 16 along with RHP Tim Adleman when OF Jesse Winker was sent down and LHP Brandon Finnegan went on the 10-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 04/16/17

Debut Details
April 16, in a 4-2 loss to the Brewers. The starting pitcher, he took the loss, allowing three runs, two of them earned, on three hits in three innings, walking four and striking out two, while giving up two home runs and hitting a batter with a pitch. Of 82 pitches, 39 were for strikes. After striking out the first batter he faced, Nick Franklin, on a foul tip, Eric Thames and Ryan Braun drew back-to-back walks but Travis Shaw and Hernan Perez flew out, to left and center field respectively, to end that threat. In the second, Manny Pina led off with a double to left field after whcih Romano hit Kirk Nieuwenheis with a pitch. After Orlando Arcia flew out to center field, Wily Peralta laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners but Franklin's pop out to short once again kept things scoreless. In the third, though, Thames led things off by reaching base on an error by second baseman Arismendy Alcantara after which Braun launched a home run to center field, and Shaw followed with a home run to right field. Perez and Pina followed by drawing back-to-back walks, putting two on still with no outs, before Nieuwenheis struck out on a foul tip, Arcia grounded into a force out and Peralta popped out to foul first base territory to end the inning and Romano's day, as right-handed reliever Tim Adleman started the fourth for the Reds.

Player Notes
Romano became the sixth Cincinnati player to make his big league debut already this season and the third starting pitcher when he took the mound for his Easter Sunday start. The big right-hander, drafted out of Southington (CT) High School, brought a 32-48 record and 4.32 career ERA into his debut but has really come on since the beginning of 2016. He turned down an offer from Tennessee to turn pro out of high school and has been a workhorse in the theReds' system, leading the Southern League in starts and innings in 2016. He's learned to control his power curveball and fastball which can touch the high 90s. He also adds a changeup into the mix. The club loves his makeup, energy and attitude.