With Time to Flourish and Prove, Austin Romine Needs to Take Advantage
With John Ryan Murphy being called up to New York (Yankees), Austin Romine has the prime opportunity to get work in behind the plate and with the bat for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. However, entering this season healthy, Romine hasn’t done much with the opportunity presented to him. The Lake Forest, California native is hitting just .154 on the season.
The second-round draft pick by the Yankees in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft hasn’t been able to make the jump to the majors since being in Triple-A. Being rated as the Yankees fourth best prospect and second best prospect in 2009 and 2010 respectively, Romine has had some setbacks.
In 2012, he had two bulging discs in his back causing him to miss most of the season. Last season, the backstop suffered a concussion when he was hit in the mask by a foul ball. With the injuries along with premature call ups to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to be a backup, Romine has just seen a total of 43 games in Triple-A since 2011.
Romine, known for being a defensive catcher has had some success behind the plate but his bat has fallen below par. His caught stealing percentage is at 24% for his career and hasn’t qualified to be amongst the leaders in the International League from 2011-2013. Concerning his offensive productivity, in his most recent full season which was back in 2010 for the Trenton Thunder he played 115 games as he hit .268 with 10 home runs and 69 RBI.
Romine has had time in New York and has posted a .200 average in 70 games with one home run and ten RBI. With the likes of Murphy and Gary Sanchez, it will be interesting how Romine is viewed within the organization. Injuries have set back the catcher but with the starting job his for the time being with the RailRiders, Romine will need to take full advantage of it.
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