Astros: 3 bullpen trade targets to fortify pitching staff

Houston Astros, Sam Selman (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Houston Astros, Jordan Romano
Houston Astros, Jordan Romano (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /

1. Jordan Romano, Toronto Blue Jays

The youngest of the bunch, but following a similar trend of being a pretty well-kept secret. Jordan Romano only hit the Blue Jays professional club last season and he did not do well. Not unlike Sam Selman.

But like Sam Selman, he is doing well now, and by well, I mean really well. With a WHIP of 0.77 and accompanying stats to indicate that that WHIP is the real deal, Romano boats a lot of the perks we want to see in a reliever. He strikes out far more than he walks, striking out nearly 40% of batters he faces and walking just 8.2%.

He’s predominantly a groundball pitcher, with 53.8% of opposition contact getting drilled into the ground, just the way we like it. His line drive and fly ball percentages are trending downwards and he’s just as likely to get a pop-up as he is to give up a home run.

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And at just 27-years-old, Romano is more of a long-term fix if it’s deemed we need one. (Spoiler alert: We do need one.)