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Inside the spring-training roster: Catchers

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 05, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

40-man roster players: Francisco Cervelli, Jose Molina, Jorge Posada.

Non-roster invitees: Kyle Anson, Jason Brown, Jesus Montero, P.J. Pilittere, Austin Romine.

Competition: There isn’t any. Barring injury, the Yankees will break camp with Posada as their starter with Molina backing him up. Posada is coming off the best offensive season of his career (.338/.426/.543) and the Yankees liked Molina so much that they signed him for two years and $4 million.

Promotion possibilities: Cervelli, who turns 22 in March, started for Class A Tampa last season and will likely start for Class AA Trenton this season. He could catch in a pinch for a game or two. But if Posada or Molina went down, the Yankees would probably make a trade.

Youngsters of interest: Montero is an 18-year-old from Venezuela the Yankees invested heavily in ($2 million in 2006). Some scouts believe he’s too big (6-4, 230 pounds) and lacks the flexibility to catch and will eventually emerge as a first baseman or DH. But all agree that he can hit. Romine was a second-round draft pick out of high school last June and will get a taste of MLB life at camp. He’s the son of former big leaguer Kevin Romine. His arm strength is such that he closed for his high school team.




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