Sunday, September 11, 2011

Welcome to Yankee Stadium: Austin Romine

Austin Romine was called up today and was called on to be a defensive replacement in today's win against the Angels.  He didn't have a plate appearance.

Romine was drafted in the second round of the 2007 MLB draft out of El Toro High School in California.  He is the son of former Major League OF Kevin Romine (Boston Red Sox, 1985-1991) and younger brother of SS Andrew Romine, the fifth-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2007 Draft.  

In his first season, 2007, he only played 1 game for the GCL Yankees and went 1 for 2 with a double, 2 runs, and a RBI.

His first full season, in 2008, was played for the Charleston RiverDogs (Low A).  There he hit .300 with 10 HRs, 24 doubles, 66 runs, and 49 RBIs in 104 games.

In 2009 he was promoted to Tampa (High A) and hit .276 with 13 HRs, 28 doubles, 61 runs, and 72 RBIs in 118 games.  This season he solidified himself as a prospect in the Yankees system.  He was selected as a mid- and postseason All-Star, named the MVP of the Florida State League, and as the Topps FSL player of the year.

The 2010 season he was put at Trenton (AA).  Before the season started he was ranked as the #86 prospect in baseball by Baseball America.  That season he hit .268 with 10 HR, 31 doubles, 61 run, and 69 RBIs in 115 games.  He was a mid season All-Star, name an AFL rising star, and was a Futures Game selection.  

This season he started in AA stuck behind Jesus Montero, who was the starter at AAA, and played their most of the season until Montero was called up Sept. 1.  He was Baseball America's #98 prospect before the season.  In Trenton he hit .286 with 6 HRs, 13 doubles, 43 runs, and 47 RBIs in 85 games.  He dealt with some injuries so played in fewer games then he had in the previous few seasons.  When called up to Scranton/Wilkes Barre (AAA) he hit only .133 with a run and a RBI in only 4 games.  This season he was again selected to the Futures Game and a mid-season All-Star.    

Unlike Montero who will most likely spend next season in the Majors, Romine will most likely play at least one more season in the minors.  With Montero in the bigs however, that will open up the starting job at AAA, so expect him to start the 2012 season in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Although Romine is not as highly touted offensively as Montero his specialty is his defense which could be his key to becoming a Yankee.  I'm glad to see that he will get a chance to show what he has in the big leagues before this season is over.

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