"It felt awesome, it felt like a dream come true," Austin Romine said of doubling in his very first professional at-bat on Saturday. "I was expecting to be nervous when I went up there, but everything was real calm."
"I got a lot of at-bats [in the cages] before I went up there, but it just fell into place. I put a good swing on the ball, got good wood, it was just a nice at-bat. It was fun."
Romine, along with the likes of Carmen Angelini, Chase Weems, Taylor Grote, and Brad Suttle, officially signed with the Yankees back on August 15th.
"When I finally got it done," he said of signing, "when people think of baseball, they think of the Yankees. To be drafted by a team like them and to sign with them, it's just a great feeling. It was awesome. I'm just so excited."
Confident in his offensive abilities, Romine was extremely relaxed at the plate on Saturday, which was somewhat surprising considering the long layoff he had between being drafted in the beginning of June and actually stepping into the batter's box for the very first time in his Yankee career on Saturday.
"I think that comes with a lot of work," he said of his calm approach in the batter's box. "I've seen this type of pitching my whole life, ever since I was young. I've always played up against faster pitching. I'm just real calm."
After Suttle made his professional debut on Thursday, and after Grote got his first at-bat on Friday, the Yankees seem to be easing their most recent position prospects into action.
In fact, working out and playing together at the minor league complex these days has them thinking about possibly coming up through the organization as a group.
"I'm sure everyone of us has though about that," he said of progressing through the farm system with his draft-mates, "at one point in time. It would be really cool to come up with guys that you know, guys that are as equal talent as you. It would be great to move up with them."
With just one more regular season Gulf Coast League game left and Instructs scheduled for later next month, Romine just wants to get back into the swing of things.
"For Instructs, just get a lot of swings," he said as to what he'd like to do in the Instructional League this year. "I want to get a lot of at-bats because I didn't get a lot during the summer. I'd just like to get more live pitching, more hacks, catch more bullpens, get working, and get stronger."
Looking quite strong at the plate in his debut on Saturday as the team's designated hitter, his double might just be a sign of things to come over the next few years.
"I think I can hit," he said of his strongest attribute. "I'm a good hitter. Behind the plate I'm solid. I can handle it back there, but with more work, I want to be a better hitter - one of the best I hope."
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