Austin Romine, Catcher, New York Yankees, #62
Date of Birth: 11/22/1988
Birthplace: Lake Forest, California
Current Salary: $805,000
Austin Romine, catcher for the New York Yankees, is following in the footsteps of his father who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1985 through 1991. His brother, Andrew, is also a major leaguer, playing with the Detroit Tigers.
Romine was drafted by the Yankees in 2007 and he played in one game in the minor leagues that year. From 2008 through 2014, as a Yankees minor leaguer, he had 573 hits, 119 doubles, 291 RBIs, 374 strikeouts to 166 walks, and a .275 batting average in 553 games. As a catcher, he made 276 assists, 3,041 putouts, and 32 errors. He caught players trying to steal 24% of the time and he had a .990 fielding percentage.
In 2011, Romine made his first appearances in the major leagues, playing in nine games with the Yankees. He had back issues in 2012 that limited his total playing time to just 31 games in the minor leagues. He had the chance to play in 60 games with the Yankees in 2013 and he had 28 hits and a .207 batting average. He spent most of the 2014 season in the minor leagues, playing in just seven games with the Yankees. In 2015, he played in just one game with the Yankees.
Romine batted .242 in 62 games with the Yankees in 2016. Defensively, he played 6 games at first base and caught 50 games.