According to Danny Wild of MiLB.com, 20-year-old catching prospect Austin Romine has been named the high-A Florida State League Player of the Year after helping to backstop the Tampa Yankees this season.
Romine, following in the footsteps of former Tampa catcher Jesus Montero, put up solid numbers for the Yankees behind the plate, hitting .273 with 12 homers, 70 RBIs and 11 stolen bases through 115 games. He was named Player of the Week on June 8 after batting .300 with 17 RBIs in 26 games in May.
Romine’s numbers might seem a bit low to be winning this award, but the FSL has been very pitcher friendly in 2009. Romine’s .757 OPS has been good enough for 13th in the league, his 12 homers are good enough for 9th place, and he was 4th in RBI’s and runs scored.
He also might have gotten some help from the fact that he’s a catcher and he played on one of the best teams in the league. He was also helped because teammate Jesus Montero, who is also a catcher and more touted in the Yankees’ system, was promoted to double-A Trenton.