Fangraphs checks in on Brock Stewart and Sergio Romo
Stewart’s fastball just averaged 93.2 miles per hour. Yu Darvish‘s fastball just averaged 93.3 miles per hour. And by spin rate, Stewart’s four-seamer wound up in the 96th percentile, right by Blake Snell and Dylan Bundy. Stewart doesn’t try to survive by guile — he blends command and above-average arm strength. He has three pitches, and his changeup is ahead of his slider.
Brock’s meteoric rise last year was one of the great stories for the Dodger farm system and made the 2014 6th round pick look genius. Headed into last spring the talk that wasn’t about Urias was about Jose De Leon and Jharel Cotton. They are both gone now, used to fill holes but Brock Stewart has arrived and only time will tell if the Dodgers kept the right one.
Travis Sawchik checked in on newest Dodger, Sergio Romo. Travis noted in the story that Romo is one of only 11 pitchers to pitch nine seasons or more with the Giants. Dodger fans know that only to well, having rooted against Romo for every one of those nine seasons, everyone one of the three runs to become World Champions, every one of those sixteen times he shut down his opponents in the postseason. He just needs to continue to excel to get Dodger fans to root for him instead of against him. Travis seems to think he still has the right stuff:
Romo struck out 28.2% of batters faced in 2017 — in line with his 28.7% career mark. His 22.2-point K-BB% figure is similar to the 23.6-point mark he’s recorded for his career. His 67 ERA- was near his career average of 69, too. In 2016, Romo generated a swinging-strike rate of 14.9%, which isn’t too different from his 2015 rate (16.7%) or 2014 rate (14.2%) or 2013 rate (13.6%). Steamer forecasts a slight drop-off, but generally more of the same from Romo in 2017, projecting he will be a useful bullpen arm (3.63 FIP).