RHP Orlando Roman signs one-year deal with Tokyo Swallows

Orlando Roman is Tokyo's newest candidate for the starting rotation.

As announced yesterday, we have a new friend. Orlando Roman has signed a deal to pitch for the Swallows during the 2012 season.

¡Bienvenido a Tokio, Señor Román!

Call me crazy, but looking over his numbers from the past several years, it seems like there’s a bit of a climate-linked variable in terms of how well he does in a given season. I’m not saying that his pitching is affected by El Niño or anything, but his ERA seems to drop when he pitches in warmer places.

It’s just a casual observation, but he has pitched well in Mexico and Taiwan while struggling in cooler locales such as New Hampshire (Toronto’s double-A affiliate).

I wonder if that means that he’ll struggle in the spring before hitting some consistency in the summer and then disappearing again in the fall.

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About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini