Southington native and Southington High School graduate Sal Romano has been called up by the Cincinnati Reds and will get the start on Sunday afternoon when the Reds host the Milwaukee Brewers.
“A dream come true,” Romano tweeted Friday night. “Got the call I've been waiting for since I was a little kid...what a feeling.”
Romano was a 23rd round pick of the Reds back in 2011and has been in the team’s minor-league system since then. The 23-year old right hander made a strong push to make the team out of spring training but went down to the Triple-A affiliate in Louisville where he made two starts. In those two starts Romano went 13 innings and allowed just two runs while striking out eight hitters.
The former Blue Knight entered the 2016 season having never had an ERA below 4.00 for a full season, but last year at Double-A Pensacola he made 27 starts and pitched to a 3.52 ERA which put him on the map.
While at Southington Romano led the team to the Class LL state championship in the same year he was drafted. He had a full scholarship offer from the University of Tennessee but decided to forego college to join the Reds straight out of high school.
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