Romine Showing He is All-Star Material

Austin Romine has been considered one of the Yankees top prospects since he was drafted second in the 2007 Amateur Draft, and within a week he has been named to two mid season all-star teams. He has earned one of the biggest honors a minor league player can earn, a trip to the Futures Game, which will be held in Anaheim on July 11th, two days prior to the MLB All-Star Game.

This game is different, however, as Austin Romine grew up just 19 miles away from Angels Stadium.

"It means a lot to me, and a lot to my family," said the soft-spoken Romine with a smile. "I can't wait, I have like fifty people coming to the game, it's just a great."

Austin Romine will join teammate Hector Noesi at the Futures Game, and has also been named to the Eastern League All-Star team along with four other members of the Thunder.

"Any time you can get named to an all-star team," Romine said, "I was named to the FSL All-Star team last year too, and it was just a blast, I had a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to everything again this year."

Romine's average was brought under .300 with a rough June, where he hit just .227, but he definitely will continue to hit as the season rolls on.

"I was in a slump there for a little bit," said Romine. "I've felt better the past week, week and a half, but I was just getting unlucky, hitting the ball hard, but right at them, things like that."

Romine had a red hot start in April and May, hitting .325 with 30 RBI, which included a 14-game hit streak. A lot of his success has come against left-handed pitchers, where he's hit .328 with three home runs against southpaws.

"I think I have a better approach against them, they make me stay within myself a little bit more," said Romine. "Obviously I'm trying my best to do the same against righties, but as any right-handed hitter I do see the ball better from lefties."

Romine's defensive tools have not changed, as he is still very solid behind home plate. Pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras appreciates Romine's work, especially when he's working with some of the better prospects like Noesi, Phelps, and Brackman.

"He does a great job back there," said Contreras. "Just like all of our catchers, he calls a great game, but his defensive game is definitely a plus, and he works great with every single pitcher on the team."

Despite a less than stellar month of June, Romine is happy about the job he has done on both sides of the ball this year and he knows he is inching closer to knocking on the big league door.

"I'm big league ready when they say I'm big league ready," Romine said. "All I can do is go out there and show them that I can get it done, that when they call me up I'm not losing my head like a rookie….just do my job and get the little things done.

"When they think I'm ready, it's up to them. I do feel like I'm getting it done though. I do feel like that."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nThis game is different, however, as Austin Romine grew up just 19 miles away from Angels Stadium.
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\r\n\"It means a lot to me, and a lot to my family,\" said the soft-spoken Romine with a smile. \"I can't wait, I have like fifty people coming to the game, it's just a great.\"
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\r\nAustin Romine will join teammate Hector Noesi at the Futures Game, and has also been named to the Eastern League All-Star team along with four other members of the Thunder.
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\r\n\"Any time you can get named to an all-star team,\" Romine said, \"I was named to the FSL All-Star team last year too, and it was just a blast, I had a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to everything again this year.\"
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\r\nRomine's average was brought under .300 with a rough June, where he hit just .227, but he definitely will continue to hit as the season rolls on.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was in a slump there for a little bit,\" said Romine. \"I've felt better the past week, week and a half, but I was just getting unlucky, hitting the ball hard, but right at them, things like that.\"
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\r\nRomine had a red hot start in April and May, hitting .325 with 30 RBI, which included a 14-game hit streak. A lot of his success has come against left-handed pitchers, where he's hit .328 with three home runs against southpaws.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think I have a better approach against them, they make me stay within myself a little bit more,\" said Romine. \"Obviously I'm trying my best to do the same against righties, but as any right-handed hitter I do see the ball better from lefties.\"
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\r\nRomine's defensive tools have not changed, as he is still very solid behind home plate. Pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras appreciates Romine's work, especially when he's working with some of the better prospects like Noesi, Phelps, and Brackman.
\r\n
\r\n\"He does a great job back there,\" said Contreras. \"Just like all of our catchers, he calls a great game, but his defensive game is definitely a plus, and he works great with every single pitcher on the team.\"
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\r\nDespite a less than stellar month of June, Romine is happy about the job he has done on both sides of the ball this year and he knows he is inching closer to knocking on the big league door.
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\r\n\"I'm big league ready when they say I'm big league ready,\" Romine said. \"All I can do is go out there and show them that I can get it done, that when they call me up I'm not losing my head like a rookie….just do my job and get the little things done.
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\r\n\"When they think I'm ready, it's up to them. I do feel like I'm getting it done though. I do feel like that.\"
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