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This is a pure roll of the dice. But of the three catchers on the roster, Austin Romine certainly has the most potential.
Francisco Cervelli was all but a forgotten man in 2012, spending most of the year in Triple-A and Chris Stewart is nothing more than a backup.
So it’s time to see if Romine is the catcher of the present while Gary Sanchez continues to move through the minor league system as the catcher of the future.
Romine didn’t do much at the plate during a cup of coffee with the Yankees in 2011, hitting just .158/.200/.158 in 20 plate appearances.
While recovering from back surgery last season, he played in just 31 games at three levels (rookie, high-A and Triple-A) and hit .243/.333/.408. But in his last full season in the bushes, 2010 at Double-A Trenton, Romine hit .268/.324/.402 with 10 homers and 69 RBI in 497 plate appearances.
At age 24, it’s to see whether Romine is the real deal, considering the lack of options currently on the roster.