Austin Romine (born November 22, 1988) is an catcher in the New York Yankees minor league system.
High School Career
Playing in El Toro High School, Romine debuted as a sophomore hitting .418 with 5 doubles and 10 homers in 26 games as a sophomore, then .407 with 8 doubles, 1 triple and 4 homers in 19 games as a junior. Romine hit .493 with 10 doubles, 1 triple and 3 homers in 22 games as a senior.
The Yankees selected him in the second round of the 2007 MLB Draft (#94 overall), and he agreed to a $500,000 signing bonus on the day of the signing deadline, roughly $131,000 over slot. He is the highest drafted player El Toro history by nearly 15 rounds.
Romine played one game with the Gulf Coast Yankees after signing, going 1 for 2 with a walk, a Run batted in, 2 runs scored and a strikeout. He doubled in his first professional plate appearance. He participated in Fall Instructional League as well as the Dominican Instructional League this offseason.
On his first full season of professional baseball. Romine was assigned to the Charleston RiverDogs the Low-A affiliate of the New York Yankees minor league system. He split catching duties with other Yankee prospect Jesus Montero.
During his season, he hit .300 with 24 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs and 66 runs scored.
On October, 2008. The Yankees sent Romine to the Hawaii Winter League, he plays for the Waikiki Beachboys splitting catching duties with Giants' prospect Buster Posey.