Posted on: September 1, 2009 8:52 am
Following in the footsteps of his more celebrated fellow catching prospect Jesus Montero, Austin Romine has been named the player of the year in the Florida State League (High A).
Considered the best all around catching prospect in the system, the 20 year old Romine posted a .274/12/70 season in '09. His defense also showed a drastic improvement, as he raised his CS% from 20% last year to a more than respectable 32% in 2009.
Yanks look to be flat loaded for the future at one of the more difficult positions to fill.
Posted on: May 29, 2008 11:16 am
“Being my first year, I think [alternating days between catching and designated hitter is] a good thing,” said the 19-year-old Romine, who suffered a lower body injury in late April but was expected to return to the lineup in mid-May. “The Yankees didn’t want to overwork me because it is a lot of games to catch coming right out of high school. It’s a lot easier to give it your all when you do it every other day. I want to be an everyday catcher, but I realize I have to start somewhere.”
“The first thing that strikes me [about Austin] is his arm strength,” Tyson said. “Once he figures out he can be quicker with his feet and his overall body instead of trying to rely on throwing it 100 miles an hour, you’re going to see some impressive throws behind the plate.”
“I’m concentrating more on my catching than on my hitting and working hard with the coaches in order to become a better all-around catcher,” Montero said through an interpreter, coach Henry Mercedes. “I’m working on everything because you can never be too good back there.”
“When I saw [Jesus] a year ago, I thought there was no hope of him even catching A ball,” Tyson said. “To see how far he’s come from then to now with the instruction he’s received makes me think he can catch in the big leagues.”
“Hopefully [Jesus] will stick with the regimen they’ve set up,” Tyson said. “If so, he’ll develop into a beast. He doesn’t have to hit a ball good to hit it out of the park. That’s something I haven’t seen at this level in a long time.”
B.A. goes onto project Montero's ETA as 2011 best case scenario-more likely 2012. They estimate Romine's as 2013. Jorge Posada's contract expires in 2011 (not that anyone really expects him to still be catching at that point). Yankees have some talent in the system to be sure, but it does appear a bridge is going to be necessary after Posada's done.