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Will Enny Romero become a weapon for the Washington Nationals?

He’s out of options. He’s part of the Nationals’ bullpen. Dusty Baker seems to like what he sees. Will Enny Romero take the next step and become a real weapon?

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Enny Romero’s fastball sits at 97 mph and he’s dialed it up to 99.8 mph according to’s PITCHf/x numbers. He’s mixed in his cutter (90.1 mph average) and slider (85.8 mph) early this season as well.

Romero, 26, is throwing more strikes in the zone (60.2% Zone % on his fastball, up from 46.6% last season and 50.8% in his career). He’s allowed just two walks in 7 23 innings so far this season.

He earned his first win of the season with a scoreless inning of work in New York earlier this week, impressing his manager in the process.

“He threw strikes, threw quality strikes,” Dusty Baker told reporters.

Romero recorded the first two outs on three pitches in the series opener in Citi Field last Friday, then battled Curtis Granderson in an 11-pitch at bat in which he dialed up one high-90s fastball after another, before he finally popped the Mets’ outfielder up for the final out of the frame.

“Enny didn’t want to walk him,” Baker said. “That was determination pitching.”

The next night Romero threw 1 23 scoreless on just 15 pitches, 11 strikes in the eighth and ninth innings, striking out two batters and recording five outs before Baker turned to Koda Glover for out No. 3 of the final frame.

“Enny continues to impress,” Baker said after the game.

“He found the strike zone. He got some very good hitters out and then Koda closed it our for us for his first career save.”

Asked about the confidence the left-hander was displaying on the mound, the Nats’ skipper said it comes with success.

“Confidence is the key and rhythm is the key to throwing strikes. We welcome that,” Baker explained.

Things didn’t go as well for Romero last night in Colorado.

He retired the first two batters he faced, but gave up a two-out double to left on a 1-1 fastball to Pat Valaika and a two-run home run on an 0-1 slider to Charlie Blackmon.

Blackmon launched the slider into the second deck in right field, putting the Rockies up 5-4 in what ended up an 8-4 win.

“He hasn’t gotten hit that much except tonight, that homer,” Baker said.

“He pitched outstanding in New York. These are some pretty good hitters.

“He gave up a homer to a pretty good hitter in Charlie Blackmon. The hitters get paid just like our guys get paid and every pitch isn’t always a bad pitch.”

Through eight appearances, the lefty reliever has a 7.04 ERA (7 R, 6 ER in 7 23), a 5.79 FIP, two walks (2.35 BB/9), 9 Ks (9.39 BB/9) and a .343/.410/.600 line against.

The Nationals have something here, and when Sammy Solis returns they will have other options when they need a left-hander, along with Oliver Perez.

Will Baker be able to find the right spots for each of his lefties and be able to get the best out of Romero, who’s out of options and likely to find suitors if the Nationals try to sneak him through waivers?