Enny Romero Survives | The Process Report

Enny Romero Survives

Enny Romero’s first big-league start is in the books.

In some ways, the lanky southpaw was as advertised. Romero used his fastball early and often, and for good reason: the pitch averaged 94 mph and showed nice arm-side boogie. Buck Showalter loaded his lineup with right-handed hitters, leaving Romero to use the changeup as his go-to-secondary offering, rather than his well-regarded breaking ball. The pitch featured some arm-side run and fade, though he missed too much for it to have its intended effect on batters:


To Romero’s credit, he kept the ball down and overcame some mistakes over the plate. A few deep fly balls were hit and required Wil Myers to chase them down, but he exited in the fifth inning without allowing a run. Considering the circumstances, the Rays have to be happy with the results. Romero is the rare Rays starter who spent little time at Durham before jumping to the majors. The fact that he A) is not the most polished arm in the system and B) had to face a strong lineup during a postseason race didn’t help matters, yet he hung in there without appearing overwhelmed.