Sergio Romo, Relief Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays
Date of Birth: 3/4/1983
Birthplace: Brawley, California
College: Arizona Western College, University of North Alabama, Mesa State College
Sergio Romo, relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, was a top pitcher when he was at Mesa State College. In his senior year, he was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. He was also named their All-Time Top Pitcher.
The San Francisco Giants drafted Romo in 2005. He pitched in their minor league system from 2005 through 2007. In 2008, he split his time between the major and minor leagues, pitching in 29 games with the Giants. He had a 2.12 ERA in 34.0 innings. He missed time in 2009 with injuries, pitching in 45 games with the Giants. He had a 3.97 ERA in 34.0 innings.
In 2010, his first full season in the majors, Romo pitched a career high 62.0 innings in 68 games. He finished the season with 5 wins and 3 losses, 70 strikeouts to 14 walks, and a 2.18 ERA. He didn't fare nearly as well in the postseason, finishing with a 7.36 ERA in 3.2 innings in 6 games. He gave up 6 hits and 3 runs.
Romo had a strong 2011 season, finishing with a career low ERA of 1.50. He had excellent control, striking out 70 batters while walking just 5 in 48.0 innings in 65 games.
Romo became the Giants' closer for part of 2012. He finished the season with 14 saves, 63 strikeouts to 10 walks, and a 1.79 ERA in 55.1 innings in 69 games. He also had a strong postseason in 2012, finishing with a 0.84 ERA in 10.2 innings in 10 games.
In 2013, Romo was the Giants full-time closer. He had a 2.54 ERA and 38 saves in 60.1 innings in 65 games. The next season, he finished with a 2.54 ERA and 23 saves in 58.0 innings in 64 games. He lost the closer job in 2015, but he still had a strong season, finishing with a 2.98 ERA. He had a career high 71 strikeouts to just 10 walks in 57.1 innings in a career high 70 games.
Romo spent time on the DL in 2016 with a right elbow strain. He finished the season with a 2.64 ERA, 4 saves, and 33 strikeouts to 7 walks in 30.2 innings in 40 games. In the postseason, he gave up 2 hits and 3 runs in 2.0 innings in 2 games and he had a 13.50 ERA.
Romo became a free agent on November 3, 2016. He signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on February 15, 2017. He was traded to the Rays on July 22, 2017.
Career pitching statistics for Romo through 2016 include:
- 515 games played
- 439.2 innings pitched
- 32-26 win-loss record
- 84 saves
- 498 strikeouts to 89 walks
- 2.58 ERA