The Yanks are Well-Stocked at Catcher

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Catcher is not currently a position of worry for the Yanks, with Russell Martin being an All-Star this year and Francisco Cervelli a more than capable back-up who plays great defense and gets clutch hits.  Martin has handled a difficult position with class and dignity, as he was signed to replace fan favorite and member of the Yanks ‘Core Four’ Jorge Posada.  He is a main reason why the Yankees are sitting in first with the best record in the American League despite a questionable starting rotation after C.C. Sabathia. Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Home Rune (Blue), RBI (Orange), Errors (Green)

Yet in New York, the future is always now.  Here are three up and coming Yankee catchers who all have a chance to be legitimate stars in the near future.  One of them is contributing in a big way already.

Perhaps the Yankees should be grateful that Seattle did not trade Cliff Lee to them last year after all.  The centerpiece of that aborted trade was Jesus Montero, the top position player prospect in the Yankees organization.  Montero was called up Sept. 1 as part of the expansion of MLB rosters to 40 players.  He is batting .385 with two Home Runs, and has become the Yankees DH against LHP.  The question to ask moving forward is if he will be on the post-season roster at the ripe old age of 21.

Austine Romine and Gary Sanchez are two other promising young catchers in the Yankees system.  Romine is 22 and was just promoted to AAA Scranton after completing the season at AA Trenton.  Expect him to be a Major Leaguer for some team in the future.  Sanchez is only 18 but was one of the most highly coveted players in the Dominican Republic when he signed with the Yankees.  He is a longer term prospect, but some scouts feel he has the most talent of this entire group.

So, do any of these kids have what it takes to replace All-Star Russell Martin or back-up Cervelli?  Time will tell…

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