Two Yankees minor leaguers who may be in the team’s future plans, catcher Austin Romine and second baseman David Adams, will be headed to the Arizona Fall League this offseason, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
Romine had an outside chance to make the Yankees roster out of spring training, but a back injury not only kept that from happening, but kept him off the field until August. Now he’s back and playing again, but with Russell Martin set to be a free agent at the end of the season they are trying to get him as much playing time as possible just in case he’s their next opening day starting catcher.
As for Adams, he’s finally back on the field consistently for the first time since he broke his ankle way back in 2009. He’s been hitting well in Double-A too with a .320/.391/.453 line in 72 games. His problem is that he’s blocked at second by Robinson Cano so the Yankees have recently begun playing him more at third base. Playing him there in the AFL will give him more time to get comfortable at the position and ready for next season.
Neither player is likely to be a starter with the Yankees next season. This is more about putting them in a position to help next year’s club from the bench with an eye on them potentially taking over a starting role by 2014. Or this could just be a move to boost the trade values for each player. Either way, this is good news that increases the Yankees future options.