Austin Romine

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Austin Romine
Austin Romine on May 22, 2013.jpg
Romine with the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
Born: (1988-11-22) November 22, 1988 (age 26)
Lake Forest, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 11, 2011 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .204
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 11

Austin Allen Romine (born November 22, 1988) is an American professional baseball catcher in the New York Yankees organization. He participated in the All-Star Futures Game in 2010 and made his MLB debut in 2011.

Baseball career[edit]

Romine attended El Toro High School in Lake Forest, California, where he played on the school's baseball team with Nolan Arenado.[1] He was drafted by the Yankees in the second round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.[2][3]

Going into the 2009 season, he was rated the Yankees' fourth best prospect[4] and their second best prospect for 2010, according to Baseball America.[5] In 2009, Romine was named Florida State League Player of the Year.[6] In 2010, he was named as a participant in the All-Star Futures Game.[7][8]

After competing for the big league backup catcher job in spring training, Romine was assigned to the Double-A Trenton Thunder to begin the 2011 season.[9]

On September 1, 2011, Romine was called up to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees after playing with the Trenton Thunder that night as the team's designated hitter.[10]

Less than two weeks later, Romine would make his major-league debut. After injuries to two catchers, first to Russell Martin and then Francisco Cervelli, the Yankees needed a replacement. When the team was unable to immediately reach Romine, manager Joe Girardi then asked another player, Romine's older brother Andrew, for help in contacting him. On September 10, while Austin was shopping with his girlfriend at a Walmart in Kentucky, Girardi called her cell phone and then told him about his call-up to the Yankees.[11] The next morning, he traveled to California to join the team, which was then in a series with the Los Angeles Angels, and was officially added to the Yankees' 40-man roster. In the seventh inning of the game against the Angels, Romine made his major league debut behind the plate.[12] On September 12, he got his first Major League hit off of Mariners reliever Dan Cortes.

Romine missed most of the 2012 season when he was diagnosed with two bulging discs in his back.[13] When Francisco Cervelli suffered a broken hand on April 26, 2013, the Yankees promoted him to the major leagues.[14] On August 4, 2013, Romine hit the first home run of his Major League career off of San Diego Padres pitcher Dale Thayer.[citation needed] He suffered a concussion on September 10, when he was hit in the mask by a foul ball.[15]

Romine competed with Cervelli and John Ryan Murphy to be the backup catcher for the Yankees in 2014 spring training. Cervelli won the job, and Romine was optioned to the minor leagues. [16] After first baseman Mark Teixeira was placed on the disabled list in April, Cervelli became the Yankees' temporary first baseman, and Romine was again called up to the Yankees' major league roster to back up everyday starter Brian McCann. Less than a week later, Romine was sent back down to make room for pitcher Shane Greene. Romine was called up to the majors on August 9, 2014 to replace Brian McCann who was placed on the 7 day disabled list with a concussion[citation needed]. On August 17, 2014, he was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton when McCann felt better. Romine was called up once more on September 6, 2014 to fill in for Francisco Cervelli, who suffered from a migraine headache at the time. Romine was called up in September when Cervelli got hurt, so he stayed with the club and was able to receive his September call-up when Cervelli returned.

Romine was designated for assignment on April 4, 2015.[17] On April 8, 2015, he was outrighted from the 40-man roster and optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.[18]


Romine's father, Kevin, played in the majors for the Boston Red Sox from 1985 to 1991.[3] His brother, Andrew, plays for the Detroit Tigers.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Berg, Ted (April 22, 2013). "Six guys set to become MLB stars | For The Win". Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Yankees take Brackman in first round of MLB draft". Chatham Journal. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Prospect Profile: Austin Romine". Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ Manuel, John (November 10, 2008). "New York Yankees top 10 prospects". Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects, 2010, Baseball America. Published December 16, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
  6. ^ Danny Wild (August 31, 2009). "Romine, Bromberg highlight FSL All-Stars". Retrieved September 1, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Austin Romine and Hector Noesi named to Futures Game | The Lohud Yankees Blog". June 22, 2010. Archived from the original on June 25, 2010. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Yankees prospect Romine gets chance to shine at Futures game". July 11, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Trentonian Blogs: Minor Matters: Austin Romine will be back in Trenton". March 28, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Romine Called Up To Triple-A Scranton…Finally « Mike Ashmore’s Thunder Thoughts". September 1, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  11. ^ Caple, Jim (September 15, 2011). "The September story of Steve Delabar". Page 2. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  12. ^ Carig, Marc (September 12, 2011). "Yankees' Jesus Montero, Austin Romine make catching debuts in front of teacher Julio Mosquera". Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ Donnie Collins (Staff Writer) (April 2, 2013). "RailRiders' Romine looking to make comeback - Sports". The Times-Tribune. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Francisco Cervelli of New York Yankees fractures hand while Ivan Nova hurts elbow - ESPN New York". January 1, 2008. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Austin Romine still dealing with concussion symptoms, not ready for return to Yankees". September 19, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
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  17. ^ Short, D.J. (April 4, 2015). "Yankees designate catcher Austin Romine for assignment". Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  18. ^ Mello, Igor. "Yankees catcher Romine outrighted to minors.". CBS Sports Fantasy News. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  19. ^ McCarron, Anthony (December 11, 2010). "New York Yankees prospect Austin Romine trying to follow in father's (and brother's) footsteps". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 

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