It’s not often that a baseball player has the opportunity to play in the organization that he rooted for growing up. Jordan Romano is one of the fortunate few accomplishing just that. It hasn’t been an easy road, but he’s on the path back to the mound.
The support of family is very important and a foundation in which you build upon. When asked who has been his biggest influence in baseball, he quickly credited his older brother.
“I looked up to him [and] wanted to be like him. He showed me the ropes,” said Romano.
He was originally a catcher until he suffered a broken foot rounding the bases in a softball game that would alter his position of play going forward.
“I pitched occasionally when I was younger. The injury was a blessing,” said Romano.
That would turn out to be a lucky break, as it allowed him to become a pitcher and play college baseball at Oral Roberts University, something that may not have been possible if he stayed behind the plate. Coming out of Oral Roberts, he caught the attention of scouts with his size, arm and repertoire consisting of a power fastball and breaking ball.
With the tenth round pick of the 2014 draft, the Toronto Blue Jays grabbed the right-hander, making part of his dream come true. He would impress early in his first professional season, pitching to a 1.93 earned run average and striking out 34 batters in 28 innings pitched with the Blue Jays Gulf Coast League and later their Appalachian League affiliate.
The 2015 season was expected to be filled with promise and excitement until Romano tore his ulnar collateral ligament during a spring training game. He would later announce via his Twitter account on March 24th, 2015, that he would undergo Tommy John Surgery to repair his injured elbow. Excitement for the season quickly turned into a lot of disappointment.
“Pretty tough, [It was] really tough not being able to throw.” Romano said.
Now eight months removed from elbow surgery, Romano is in good spirits, working hard with the Blue Jays staff to get back into form. He’s currently throwing from 105 feet and has had no setbacks in the rehab process.
Romano grew up a Toronto Blue Jays fan that idolized two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay. While the rehab process has been long and hard, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Jordan Romano will return to the mound in 2016 for the first time since surgery and with that he will resume his path to Toronto.
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