Independent baseball is littered with stories like that of Fabian Roman. A 16th round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2013, the right-hander pitched for two seasons with Rookie-level Billings, before being released after the 2014 campaign. The Jersey City, New Jersey native was without a team for the entire 2015 season, playing briefly in the Puerto Rican Winter League before latching on with Wichita in late May of 2016. As he has for the entirety of his professional career, Roman worked exclusively out of the bullpen while with the Wingnuts, making 22 relief appearances totaling 25.1 innings. He finished with a 2-1 record and a 6.39 ERA, completing seven games in a Wichita uniform.
Midway through the 2017 season, Roman’s impressed the the Seattle Mariners enough with increased velocity at a tryout that he was offered a contract and assigned to Class-A Clinton. The hard-throwing righty appeared in 19 games between Clinton and Low-A Everett, and continued to pile up good strikeout numbers. Over 22.1 combined innings, Roman punched out 25 hitters, but a .388 opponent batting average led to a 1-1 record and 9.67 ERA.
Originally a 36th round selection out of high school by the Kansas City Royals, Roman elected not to sign and had stints at three different colleges before the Reds plucked him out of Lubbock Christian University. The 25-year old has since made 85 professional appearances over his four seasons, owning a 7-6 career mark with a 6.90 ERA.