Romanski Adjusting

Romanski is a minor league free agent right now

Josh Romanski once again had a very good season for the Yankees, going a combined 7-6 with a 2.97 ERA between high-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. But while his numbers were even better with the Thunder, he says his transition to the bullpen was an adjustment.

"I feel like it was a successful season," Romanski said. "There were a few things that I would have liked to do differently up at the Double-A level. That's something that I'm going to work on getting better at next season.

"I would have liked to get left-handers out a little more consistently than I did. Other than that I thought I performed pretty well up there."

Romanski, who posted a 3.16 ERA in 17 starts for the Tampa Yankees, had a 2.04 ERA in thirteen appearances [only one start] for the Trenton Thunder. Not only did he have to learn to pitch more frequently each week, he had to adjust his repertoire.

"You do a little bit because you're not setting guys up for later in the game," he said. "You gotta get them out now. I think you attack the hitters more out of the bullpen and go right after them.

"Obviously you try to get ahead of every hitter you face but you want to put these guys away as quickly as possible and go on to the next guy, and you want to avoid giving up any base runners if possible."

Not having to set batters up for later in the game allowed him to throw his changeup, easily his best pitch, more to left-handed batters.

"I did start experimenting with it more against left-handed hitters and I think it's going to be a pitch in the future that's going to be successful for me and I'm going to be able to use it quite often," he opined.

"I was able to throw the changeup as much as I'd like, especially to the right-handed hitters. Mixing that changeup in with the lefties is going to be a good plus for me."

That seems to be the essence of what Romanski would like to do going forward; knowing when to throw certain pitches.

"To be honest with you I think that just boiled down to pitch sequence," he said of how he'd like to get better against lefties. "Every level you move up you've got to make adjustments.

"Hitters have different plans, they bring a different approach to the plate, and they make adjustments a lot quicker than in A-ball, that's why they're in Double-A.

"For me I think it's a matter of pitch sequence, throwing the right pitch in the right spot with a given situation. Once I get that down my command will take over and I'll be successful that way."

He is content with his cutter and he believes his curveball made some advancements in 2011 too. In fact he thinks his curveball has become an out-pitch against right-handed batters.

With his command and arsenal pretty shored up at this point, he has proven he can be both a starter and a reliever.

"That's kind of what I see, maybe a middle to long relief and possible spot-start guy. Right now I hear it from them it could go either way; they could use me as a starter or as a pen guy.

"I don't think they really know yet what I profile as and what is the best situation for me to have the most possible success. I'm open to either one.

"I want to pitch in the big leagues, that's the main goal. If they want me in the bullpen and that's the best way for me to get there then I'd love to do it."

A minor league free agent as of a few days ago, he is just focusing his attention on continuing to make the Double-A and bullpen adjustments.

"I am a minor league free agent and I'd love to be back with the Yankees obviously. I think I've been a free agent for like two days or something now so I'm focused on getting ready and prepared for Spring Training whenever that comes," he concluded.

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