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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Top 10 Thunder players from 2011 - No. 4: Austin Romine

Romine is at right. 
Why He's Here: In repeating Double-A, Romine reinforced his image as a steady backstop, an excellent game-caller, and a solid hitter.

Although his power numbers dropped, Romine upped both his average and on-base percentage in his return engagement in the Eastern League.

Moreover, he got better behind the plate. As manager Tony Franklin liked to put it: "You didn't notice him back there." For a catcher, that's a pretty strong compliment.

Although a couple of injuries cost him time, Romine once again proved himself the team's de facto captain.

Most Memorable Moment: On April 20 against Richmond, Romine went 3 for 4 with two longballs, four RBIs and a walk. It's his only multi-bomb game at Double-A, and his first overall since July 20, 2008, as a member of the Charleston RiverDogs. As an aside, Giancarlo Stanton also homered in that game.

Outlook for 2012: With Russell Martin and Francisco Cervelli all but cemented as the Yankees' two catchers, Romine will head back to the Empire State Yankees to start the year, where he'll do the bulk of the backstopping. 


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