Jordan R. Romano...Went to high school at Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy in Markham, Ontario...Attended Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma, in 2013 and went 4-3 with a 4.74 ERA (46BB/53K)...Pitched at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., in 2014 and held a 3-4 record with a 2.66 ERA (17BB/49K)...Played for Team Italy in the 2017 World Baseball Classic...Appeared in two games and earned the win against Mexico with a scoreless ninth inning (0H, 0BB, 2K) as his teammates plated five runs in the bottom of the frame for a 10-9 victory.
Recorded a career-best 23 saves, seventh most in the AL...His 95.8 save percentage (23/24) was the highest in the AL, second in MLB (Josh Hader - 97.1), and tied Ken Giles (23/24 in 2019) for the best in team history...His 2.14 ERA ranked seventh among AL relievers...His 85 K’s were eighth-most while his 33.6% K rate was ninth...Finished as a runner-up for the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award...Was the most clutch reliever in baseball, according to FanGraphs’ Clutch stat (1.54), while his 3.75 win probability added ranked second among relief pitchers (1st: Josh Hader - 4.93 WPA)...Became the fourth player in team history with 7+ wins and 20+ saves in a single season, and the first since Billy Koch in 2000 (9 W, 33 SV)...Claimed the win on Opening Day, April 1 at NYY, with a scoreless ninth inning (2BB, 2K)...Was his second Opening Day win, also doing so in 2020 at TB...Placed on the injured list from April 14-23 with right ulnar neuritis...Earned his fourth win of the year June 19 at BAL, throwing 2.0 IP for the second time in his career (Sept. 23, 2019, vs. BAL)...Picked up his ninth save of the season in the Blue Jays’ return to Toronto on July 30 vs. KC (1.0 IP, H, ER, K)...Joined Paul Quantrill (8) as the only Canadians to record a save at Rogers Centre...Claimed his fifth win Aug. 7 vs. BOS (1)...Became the 18th Canadian all-time to earn a win at Rogers Centre, and the sixth to do so as a Blue Jay...Converted his 20th straight save opportunity Sept. 21 at TB, the 7th pitcher in franchise history to accomplish the feat...Converted his 23rd consecutive save Oct. 1 vs. BAL, tied for the third-longest streak in Blue Jays history, trailing only Tom Henke (25 in 1998) and Casey Janssen (24 in 2013-2014)...Allowed three runs over his last 23 games (1.09 ERA) while going 3-0 and converting all 14 save opportunities (7BB, 37K).
Named Toronto’s Rookie of the Year by the Toronto Chapter of the BBWAA...Among AL pitchers with 15+ appearances, ranked 6th in ERA (1.23), 6th in strikeout rate (36.8%), 9th in AVG (.154), 11th in SO/9 (12.89) and 12th in WHIP (0.89)...Allowed eight hits to go with five walks for a 0.89 WHIP and a .154 AVG...Gave up only two hits to 24 left-handed hitters for a .083 AVG...Struck out 21 batters in 14.2 innings pitched for a 12.89 SO/9...Gave up just two earned runs over the entire campaign, both on solo homers: one on Aug. 15 vs. TB and another on Aug. 28 vs. BAL...Started the season with 9.1 scoreless innings, the 2nd longest scoreless innings streak by a Blue Jay this year (Thomas Hatch - 12.1)...His 8.2 IP without allowing a hit to start a season passed Tom Henke (8.0 in 1985) for the most in team history, and his 29 consecutive batters faced without allowing a hit were also the most (Henke - 26)...Earned his 1st career win on Opening Night at TB with a scoreless inning of work (2BB, 2K)...Claimed his 1st career save as he pitched the 10th inning on Aug. 21 vs. TB (2H, 1R, 0ER, 1K)...Placed on the injured list with a right middle finger strain from Aug. 29 for the rest of the season.
Taken in the Rule 5 Draft by the White Sox on Dec. 13, 2018 (3rd overall pick) and was traded to the Rangers for cash... Was returned to Toronto on March 23, 2019...Made his MLB debut on June 12 at BAL...Became the 28th Canadian-born player to play for Toronto (11th ON-born) and the 13th to make his MLB debut with the Jays...Retired all three hitters in a 1-2-3 7th inning...Fanned Pedro Severino and Rio Ruiz to become the 8th player in team history to strike out his first two career batters faced...Pitched 1.2 innings on June 21 at BOS and recorded all five outs via a personal-best five K's...Optioned on June 23...Recalled again on Aug. 22...Finished the big-league part of his campaign with 21 strikeouts in 15.1 innings for a 12.33 SO/9...Went 2-2 with a 5.73 ERA in 24 games (three starts) for Triple-A Buffalo (37.2 IP, 24 ER, 14BB, 53K).
Was among the Eastern League leaders in opponents batting average (2nd, .237), WHIP (3rd, 1.19), wins (T3rd, 11), strikeouts (T4th, 125), starts (T8th, 25), and innings (T9th, 137.1) at New Hampshire (AA)…was selected as the right-handed starter on the EL Postseason All-Star Team…started for the Eastern Division in the league All-Star Game, fanning 2 in a perfect inning of work…was the Eastern League pitcher of the week for the week ending 7/22…was 9-0, 2.17 (14 ER/58.0 IP) in season's 1st 10 starts thru end of May, winning final 9 decisions in that span…last outing in that period was a win in spot start for Buffalo (AAA) on 5/27 at Rochester (2 ER/5.0 IP)…returned to New Hampshire the following day and was 0-4, 7.52 in 6 starts in June, including 1st loss of season on 6/7 vs. Akron…rebounded to go 2-0, 1.04 in 4 July starts but was 1-4, 7.27 in final 6 games… held RHB to .216 batting average…worked 7.0 scoreless innings on 4/11 at Trenton and 8.0 shutout frames on 6/21 vs. Harrisburg…was on the DL from 8/30-9/7.
Was assigned to Advanced-A Dunedin where he spent the entire season ... Made 26 starts and appeared twice as a reliever ... Set career highs in wins (7), innings pitched (138.0), hits (141) and runs (65) allowed, walks (54) and strikeouts (138) ... Ranked 2nd in the Florida State League in strikeouts, T-2nd in starts and 3rd in ERA (3.39)...Ranked 5th in innings pitched but surrendered just two homers, the fewest of any pitcher ranked in the top-40 in innings pitched ... Went 5-1 at home with a 2.33 ERA (2-4 on the road, 4.75 ERA) ... In his only postseason start, hurled 6.2 innings of one-run ball to earn the win against the Tampa Yankees on Sept. 6 ... Was named an Organizational All-Star by MiLB.com at the end of the year.
Played exclusively for Class-A Lansing in 2016, starting 14 of 15 games ... Started the 2016 season with back-to-back one-run, seven-strikeout performances, the first of which was his 1st professional complete game in his return from Tommy John surgery on June 13 vs. Great Lakes (7.0 IP, 2H, 0BB, 7K) ... Recorded his 1st 10-strikeout game with 10 punch-outs over six innings on Aug. 24, 2016 at Dayton ... Made two brief stints on the DL over the course of the 2016 season: July 15-23 and Aug. 27-Sept. 3 ... Went 3-2 with a 2.11 ERA over 72.2 innings in 2016...Limitied opponents to a .191 batting average while recording 72 strikeouts.
Missed all of the 2015 campaign due to Tommy John surgery.
Signed with the Blue Jays on June 12, 2014 and was assigned to the GCL Blue Jays...After two games in the Gulf Coast League, was assigned to Rookie-level Bluefield where he struck out 33 batters over 25.0 innings while allowing only six earned runs (2.16 ERA).