In a better-late-than-never addition to this blog's 10 Thunder questions series, today we ask: Who will be behind the dish when Austin Romine needs the day off?
As reported toward the end of 2009, Romine will be in Trenton in 2010. What we didn't realize then, however, was that Jesus Montero wouldn't be joining him. That means, obviously, that Romine -- just one in the Yankees' cache of catching prospects -- will see most of the time behind the dish.
The options at backup would seem to be twofold: Kyle Anson
and Jose Gil, both of whom saw time with the Thunder last season.
Both were light hitters and excellent defenders, making them perfect candidates for a backup job.
Anson spent the entire season in Trenton, posting a .227 average with just a pair of home runs and 24 RBIs in the process. Gil, before being sent down to make room for Montero, hit .194 with two home runs -- one was a walkoff
-- and four RBIs.
When you consider that Anson has experience working in Waterfront with nearly all of the pitchers who will make up the rotation in 2010, I think he gets the nod over Gil.
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