Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Chuck Knoblog Minor League Awards: Best Breakout Candidate

And the Knobby goes to...
Austin Romine, C, 19, Low A Charleston
Austin Romine was a second-round pick in the 2007 draft. In his first year of full-season pro baseball, he was solid, with a .778 OPS in a pitchers park, in a pitchers league. He was a highly-regarded prospect coming out of high school, and the main reason he got so little publicity this year is that he spent this season in Jesus Montero's rather large shadow. The two split catching and DH duties. He has a good contact rate, and a decent walk rate, which should improve. Considering his 35 extra base hits in a pitchers park, his .437 slugging percentage should improve. Next Romine should be in a more hitter friendly league, and has a good chance at putting up an OPS over .800. Romine does not have the ceiling of Jesus Montero, but could become the Yankees' catcher of the future if Montero is moved to first base.


Charlie said...

Thats all for the Knobbys this Year

Next Year LeBron is hosting them and it will be appearing one NBC at 8 eastern

Mike NYY said...

Cool, I can't say I disagreed with any of them.