Jordan Romano is a 28-year-old Canadian professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Is Jordan Romano The Blue Jays closer?
Jordan Romano is a Blue Jays closer who enjoyed a breakout in the 2021 season in which he led the team with 23 saves, pitched to a 2.14 ERA, and struck out more than a third of his opponents.
Who drafted Jordan Romano?
The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Romano in the tenth round of the 2014 MLB draft. He signed for $25,000 and was sent to the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays.
He made two appearances before being promoted to the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Rookie-Advanced Appalachian League. Romano had a 1–1 record, a 1.93 ERA, and 34 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched.
Romano tore his ulnar collateral ligament in 2015 spring training and had Tommy John surgery in April. He missed the whole 2015 minor league season.
Romano began the 2016 season with the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class-A Midwest League and was activated from the injured list on June 13, 2016. He restricted the Great Lakes Loons to two hits and seven strikeouts in a 4–1 victory.
Romano had a 3–2 record, 2.11 ERA, and 72 strikeouts in 722/3 innings thrown in 2016. (2017, Advanced-A Florida State League): 7–5, 3.39 ERA, 138 K in 138 IP with Dunedin Blue Jays.
Romano was invited to spring training in 2018.
In the Eastern League, he started with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Romano was promoted to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on May 27 after going 8–0 with a 2.04 ERA.
On December 13, 2018, the Chicago White Sox selected Romano third overall in the Rule 5 draft and then transferred him to the Texas Rangers for cash.
He returned to the Blue Jays on March 24, 2019.
He returned to Buffalo for 2019. On June 12, he was picked for his first call-up to the big leagues. That night, he pitched a scoreless 7th inning in an 8–6 win over the Baltimore Orioles, striking out Pedro Severino.
He won his first MLB game on July 24, 2020.
An MLB save came on August 21, 2020. A 2-1 pitcher with a 1.23 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 14.2 innings thrown for the 2020 Toronto Blue Jays.
He was the Blue Jays closer in 2021, going 7-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 23 saves in 63 innings.