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Pirates claim LHP Enny Romero off waivers

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The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Saturday afternoon they claimed LHP Enny Romero off waivers from the Washington Nationals.

The club announced Romero will report to the Pirates within 72 hours. No corresponding roster move has been made yet.

Romero, 27, was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Apr. 7. He only made two appearances with Washington this year, allowing three runs striking out two and walking one.

Romero struggled earlier in his career with the Tampa Bay Rays, but found success with Washington in 2017, recording a 3.56 ERA with two saves in 55.2 innings over 53 appearances. He walked 13.7% of his batters faced in 2016, but he cut that figure to 9.4% in 2017. He struck out 10.5 batters per nine innings in 2017 with a 39% groundball rate.

Romero recorded 105 whiffs on 772 four-seam fastballs last year (13.6%), with batters hitting .246 with a .374 slugging percentage against the pitch. It averaged 96.7 MPH with a 2,314 RPM spin rate.

According to Baseball Savant, he was one of just five relievers last year that threw over 700 fastballs that were clocked at at least 95 MPH and averaged at least 2,300 RPM. The other four were Corey Knebel of the Brewers, Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox, Archie Bradley of the Diamondbacks and Blake Treinen in Oakland.

Romero also mixes in a cutter and a slider. Combined, they accounted for 22.7% of his pitch selection last year, with the rest being four-seamers. Batters hit .303 against those pitches with a 14.5% whiff rate.

With the addition of Romero, the Pirates’ 40 man roster is now full.

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