Rays Prospects

Takeaways From Tampa Bay Rays’ Winter Ball Results Part 2

By Robbie Knopf
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Sep 22, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Enny Romero (45) reacts to a double play to end the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Enny Romero: There is reason for concern

The good news for Romero in 2014 was that even as his ERA ballooned to 4.50, his strikeout to walk ratio was his best since 2010. Now, to the red flags: he allowed more contact–and harder contact–than ever in 2014, his name has come up in trade talks even though the Rays would be selling low, and his Dominican Winter League stint was a disaster.

In 10 appearances and 8.2 innings pitched, Romero pitched to just a 10.39 ERA. His 10-6 strikeout to walk ratio wasn’t so bad, but that went down to just 7-5 against right-handed batters. In addition, we can talk all we want about bad luck on batted balls, but it is never a good sign when a pitcher allows nearly double as many hits (16) as innings pitched.

Romero still has electric stuff, but his command has never come along as hoped and the Rays can’t wait forever for Romero to find his form. A conversion to relief may not be far away for Romero–especially given how far down he is on the Rays’ starting pitcher depth chart–and he could also be moved to clear a 40-man roster spot if a team offers the Rays a suitable return.