Romine with the New York Yankees
|New York Yankees – No. 27|
November 22, 1988 |
Lake Forest, California
|September 11, 2011, for the New York Yankees|
(through April 29, 2017)
|Runs batted in||47|
Austin Allen Romine (born November 22, 1988) is an American professional baseball catcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He participated in the All-Star Futures Game in 2010 and made his MLB debut in 2011.
Romine attended El Toro High School in Lake Forest, California, where he played on the school's baseball team with Nolan Arenado. He was drafted by the Yankees in the second round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.
Going into the 2009 season, he was rated the Yankees' fourth best prospect and their second best prospect for 2010, according to Baseball America. In 2009, Romine was named the Florida State League Player of the Year. In 2010, he was named as a participant in the All-Star Futures Game.
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. The Yankees promoted Romine to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on September 1. After injuries to two catchers, first to Russell Martin and then Francisco Cervelli, the Yankees promoted him to the major leagues on September 10. In the seventh inning of the September 11 game against the Angels, Romine made his major league debut behind the plate. 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. When Francisco Cervelli suffered a broken hand on April 26, 2013, the Yankees promoted him to the major leagues. On August 4, 2013, Romine hit the first home run of his Major League career off of San Diego Padres pitcher Dale Thayer. He suffered a concussion on September 10, when he was hit in the mask by a foul ball.
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. Romine was called up several times during the 2014 season due to injuries to various players but he only appeared in seven games during the season.
Romine was designated for assignment on April 4, 2015, and was outrighted from the 40-man roster and assigned to Scranton/Wilkes Barre on April 8. Romine batted .260 with seven home runs for the RailRiders in 2015. The Yankees promoted Romine to the major leagues on September 1. During spring training in 2016, Romine won the backup catcher competition over top catching prospect Gary Sánchez. In 2016 as the Yankees' backup catcher, Romine played in 62 games hitting .242 with 4 home runs and 26 RBI. In 2017, Romine began the season as the backup to Gary Sanchez. After an injury to Gary Sanchez on April 8, 2017, Romine became the Yankees starting catcher.
Romine's father, Kevin, played in the majors for the Boston Red Sox from 1985 to 1991. His brother, Andrew, plays for the Detroit Tigers. Romine is married. They have one child, a son, born in 2013.
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