Wennington Romero has dominated for the Cincinnati Reds since signing in July of 2014. He didn’t pitch that season, but joined the Dominican Summer League Rojos in 2015. The left handed pitcher posted a 2.13 ERA in 71.2 innings for the Rojos. He would strike out 82 batters and walk just nine. The next season he came stateside began with the Arizona League Reds. In 10 games there he posted a 1.93 ERA in 46.2 innings with eight walks and 46 strikeouts. He joined the Billings Mustangs for one regular season start, then made two more starts in the playoffs for them. In those three starts he posted a 2.45 ERA in 14.2 innings with four walks and nine strikeouts.
The Reds brass decided to push the 19-year-old left hander up to the Midwest League to start the 2017 season. It is a bit of an aggressive promotion, but Wennington Romero has handled it well. In four starts for the Dayton Dragons he’s posted a 3.00 ERA. Over his 21.0 innings he’s walked just four batters and struck out 25. Two of his starts have lasted 6.0 innings, but in the other two he didn’t complete the fifth. The pitch count has only topped 85 once this season, in his most recent start on April 24th. Everyone is still building up the pitch counts, though he should be there at this point in that 95 pitch range.
Wennington Romero Scouting Report
Fastball | He’s worked between 88-91 MPH, topping out around 92 this season. He locates the pitch well, though in the video above from spring training, he was struggling with the pitch on that day.
Curveball | Easily his best pitch, it’s an above-average offering with good breaking action. It works in the mid-70’s and has 12-6 action on it. It’s still a tad inconsistent, but usually at least an average offering but flashes better.
Change Up | It’s not as good as the other two offerings at this point, but is a solid offering. It works in the 79-82 MPH range with a little bit of sinking and running action to it.
Listed at 5′ 11″ and 175 lbs, the 19-year-old can probably fill out his frame a little bit more, but he’s going to remain on the shorter side of the scale for starting pitchers. As a lefty he will get some leeway with that, that a right hander may not. With average velocity, being a control oriented pitcher and a good breaking ball, he’s the kind of guy who can succeed in the lower levels with his stuff. He’s been advanced for his age in terms of secondary stuff, control and pitchability and that’s worked well for him.
That profile, however, means he’s also going to have to keep proving himself at each next step. The jump to Double-A is usually the big one for players like this, and Romero is still two years from that jump. Improving the consistency with his breaking ball and change up would really help him take that next step forward over the next few years.