Every year there seems to be a player who, at least statistically, turns heads in the Dominican Summer League and in 2015 that was 17-year-old left handed pitcher Wennington Romero.
The then 17-year-old posted a 2.13 ERA in 71.2 innings to go along with just nine walks and 82 strikeouts for the DSL Rojos. He showed outstanding control, particularly for his age and dominated the league. That performance earned him a promotion to the United States for 2016.
Wennington Romero began the year in Arizona and made 10 appearances, posting a 1.93 ERA in the regular season before starting the playoff game for the Reds. He allowed two earned runs in 6.0 innings with six strikeouts.
After that game, which the Reds lost 8-1, the Dominican lefty hander moved up to join the Billings Mustangs. He only made one regular season start, but pitched twice in the playoffs for the Mustangs. In his three total starts he tossed 14.2 innings while allowing just four earned runs (2.45 ERA) to go along with four walks and nine strikeouts.
There’s no other way to say it: 2016 was about as good of a season as could be expected for Wennington Romero. He pitched in the playoffs for two teams and dominated during the regular season for one of them, all while being among the youngest players in both leagues that he participated in.
While the numbers are fantastic, let’s take a look at the scouting report to see how that stacks up.
Wennington Romero Scouting Report
Fastball | The young lefty saw his velocity improve in 2016, jumping up from sitting in the high 80’s and occasionally touching the low 90’s he moved into the 89-92 MPH range with his fastball. He can do different things with the pitch – at times getting more sink on it and at other times more armside running action to it.
Curveball | This pitch continues to be his go-to offering. It’s an above-average offering when it’s at its best, showing good 1-7 breaking action.
Change Up | The change up didn’t show too much in 2015, but in 2016 the lefty has made big strides with the pitch and shows plenty of confidence in throwing it. It works in the 79-81 MPH range and has a little bit of fading action to it.
What stands out the most with Romero is his advanced approach to pitching. He is more than willing to throw any of his pitches at any point in the game.
He shows clean mechanics with a high 3/4 arm angle and seems to repeat well.