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Left hander Wennington Romero (listed as Wennington in the Cincinnati Reds Media Guide, but listed as Wennigton Romero on MiLB.com and all statistical websites that pull their data from MiLB.com) made his professional debut with the Dominican Summer League Rojos as a 17-year-old in June of 2015.
In his first start he allowed a run in 5.2 innings and struck out seven batters without a walk. He took the mound six days later on June 8th against the Mariners and had a tougher go of it, allowing three earned runs in 3.0 innings on seven hits. Romero rebounded well on the 13th against the Mets by tossing 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five batters. In his fourth start of the year he was charged with an unearned run in 5.0 innings with a walk and seven strikeouts. The final start of the month saw the Rojos defense fail him as he allowed two earned and four unearned in 3.0 innings with five strikeouts. In the month of June he posted a 2.28 ERA over 23.2 innings with just one walk and 26 strikeouts.
July began with another strong outing as the left hander allowed one run on two hits and two walks in 5.0 innings with eight strikeouts. That was followed up with another strong game against the Red Sox where Romero allowed just one run in 6.0 innings with a walk and nine strikeouts. His dominant season continued on the 13 against the Dodgers with 6.0 shutout innings and seven more strikeouts. It would be 11 days before he’d take the mound again, but the left hander from Santo Domingo picked up right where he left off with 7.0 shutout inning, a walk and seven strikeouts. The month was capped off with 7.0 innings of one-run baseball on the 30th. For the month he would post a 0.87 ERA in 31.0 innings with six walks and 31 strikeouts.
August would start out with another dominant performance for Romero, tossing 6.0 shutout innings on just two hits and he struck out eight batters. Things would slow down in the next start as the 17-year-old allowed four runs in 3.0 innings on a walk and six strikeouts. On the 17th he would be charged with two unearned runs over 4.0 innings with a walk and seven strikeouts. The lefty would finish the season on the 22nd by allowing four runs over 4.0 innings with four strikeouts against the Twins. His ERA on the month was a season worst 4.24 over his 17.0 innings. He walked just two batters and had 25 strikeouts to go along with a 1.06 WHIP.
Wennington Romero Scouting Report
Fastball | The pitch currently sits in the 87-89 MPH range and touches the low 90’s.
Curveball | It’s already an average offering that flashes itself as a plus pitch.
When he signed at 16 he was only 150 lbs., but has bulked up some in the year plus since signing and is now 5′ 11″ and 175 lbs. At such a young age, the lefty still needs to develop a third pitch. But his professional debut was about as good as one could expect from a numbers standpoint and his stuff is already well ahead of most of his peers.