While I have focused a portion of these posts on rookie Scott Richmond, I have to take the time to mention young lefty-handed pitcher named Ricky Romero who has been stellar during his first year pitching in the major leagues. Romero is a 24 year old who was drafted by the Jays back in 2005. He suffered injuries (shoulder and elbow) during the 2006-2007 year which shortened the amount of play he had in the minor leagues. While he has struggled within the minor leagues, he was able to make the major league roster out of spring training this year.
His first start in the majors came on April 9th, against the Detroit Tigers. It was an interesting match-up as he went against the Tigers rookie named Rick Porcello in which he was able to record his first win of his career. In his first 3 starts of the season, he went 2-0 with an area of 1.71. It was shortly after this in which he strained his oblique muscle and was placed on the 15-day DL.
After returning off the DL, Romero has gone 4-3 and with the exception of two subpar outing, he has done pretty well. He started today against the Rays, pitching 8 shutout innings; giving up 4 hits and 7K's. His ERA has dropped to 2.85 and he has a record of 6-3 for the season.
Ricky Romero has a repertoire that consists of 4 pitches: fastball, change, slider, and curveball. The scouting report of Romero when he was drafted by the Jays in 2005 stated that:
"Romero has three solid, major league-ready pitches that he can throw for strikes almost at will, including a fastball that sits at 90-91 mph and touches 93-94. He also has an excellent curveball and a better feel for a changeup this year after he reduced his reliance on his curve. But Romero gets his highest grades for his makeup, temperament and competitive zeal. He is an excellent student of the game who understands the science of pitching, and is a master at controlling the tempo of a game"
While he had developed these 4 pitches, he strayed away from using them all during the four years in which he was in the minor leagues. After struggling in the minors, Brad Arnsberg finally convinced Romero during spring training to have confidence in all four of his pitches, which is something you can see has worked very well for him.