Romine picks up a pair of knocks


Baseball America has started posting their top ten prospects lists for all 30 teams, starting today with the Orioles. They’ll be posting the Yankees’ list on Friday, so get ready for that.

AzFL Phoenix Desert Dogs (3-2 loss to Surprise)
Brandon Laird, LF: 0 for 4
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 4, 1 K – they stole three bases off him in three tries, including one by Graham Stoneburner’s brother

No pitchers. Lame.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Shaun says:

    Is romine really the defensive specialist we thought he was?

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      He was never a defensive specialist to begin with. His glove is merely average but it allows him to stick at the position.

    • Ed says:

      Back in ’07 and ’08 Romine actually had worse passed ball and caught stealing rates than Montero. I haven’t seen newer numbers so I don’t know if that’s still true.

      The big difference is in their body types. Romine has a traditional catcher’s build, so he’s expected to improve with experience. Montero is much larger, so as he fills out with more muscle it’s likely that he just won’t have the maneuverability to play the position well.

      • rbizzler says:

        Yeah, i think that body type has played a role in how Jesus and Austin are perceived behind the dish. Earlier in his MiLB career, scouts thought he ‘looked’ like a catcher (and should develop accordingly), while Jesus is a beast.

        It seems as though Romine’s D has not developed as planned and he needs to get after it if he is going to be COTF.

      • Samuel says:

        Joe Mauer is bigger than Montero and he looks pretty good back behind the plate.

    • pat says:

      While he’s no Pudge back there in the minors most of the blame falls on the pitchers’ inability to hold runners on. They’re focusing on ten different things and usually keeping the runners close is tenth.

      • Shaun says:

        I heard that the yankees don’t really encourage there pitchers to learn the pick-off game. That could contribute to some of the almost insane amounts of steals

    • MikeD says:

      I would not make any interpretation of SBs against Romine (or any catcher) in the Arizona league. Means very little.

  2. rbizzler says:

    Is Davis Stoneburner a legit prospect? I mean, he has put up a 289/362/483 line in MiLB although he looks a little old for AAA.

  3. bottom line says:

    Stoneburner is definitely legit— just overshadowed right now by some others in system

  4. bottom line says:

    Graham Stoneburner, that is.

  5. Samuel says:

    Craig Heyer three shutout innings today in AFL. Ground ball, ground ball, ground ball…..

    ManBan looked good, too. Touched 94 and worked corners real well.

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