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Austin Allen Romine

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The son of Kevin Romine and brother of Andrew Romine, catcher Austin Romine was selected by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 2007 amateur draft. He was signed by scout David Keith and made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Yankees, going 1-for-2 in one game there.

Romine backed up Hank Conger for the US in the 2010 Futures Game; he was a late replacement for injured Tony Sanchez. In his first at-bat, in the 7th, he flew out against Trystan Magnuson. The next inning, facing Jeurys Familia, he hit a 97-mph fastball to left for a double, scoring Eric Hosmer with the final run in the USA's 9-1 victory.

Romine would spend the bulk of the 2011 season with the AA Trenton Thunder. He hit .286/.351./.378 with 6 homers and 47 RBI. After spending four games with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at the end of the season he was called up to the majors to experience the pennant race the New York Yankees were involved in. Romine made his debut on September 11 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, in Anaheim. With his parents in the stands and brother Andrew on the Angels bench, Romine was brought in as a defensive replacement for fellow top catching prospect Jesus Montero. Romine caught the final 3 innings as Mariano Rivera picked up his 599th career save.

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