Signed for an undisclosed figure out of Cuba during the 2017 offseason, the 24 year-old righty (previously Luis Miguel Romero) joins Oakland’s farm system after pitching professionally in Cuba for the last four seasons. He profiles best as a reliever, and he’s currently serving as the closer for High A Stockton in the Cal League.
Romero pumps his live fastball to 96 mph at best, sitting 94-to-95 mph across my three April looks. He locates his fastball for good strikes with surprising consistency for the amount of effort he has in his delivery. The command to both sides of the plate was impressive, and he didn’t issue a walk through is first 15 innings of the season. The fastball projects to play as a future 60-grade pitch given its velocity and command. His second pitch is slider that he releases smoothly and has consistent feel for, also throwing this pitch in the zone for strikes. It projects as a chase pitch at the highest level, and he will use it to keep hitters off balance and steal strikes based on his ability to put it in the zone.
Romero is on his way to a major league bullpen where he has the stuff to profile as a 7th-inning type. He’s a calm competitor, keeping a poised mound demeanor despite not getting some (questionable) borderline calls. He will be in Double-A by season’s end given his age, advanced two-pitch mix, and success against A-Ball hitters.