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Austin Romine

Austin Romine is the prototypical backup catcher.

He won’t overly impress with the bat (.242/.269/.382 in ’16) but his abilities behind the plate is exactly what the doctor should order when Sanchez needs a day.

In 355.1 total innings behind the plate last season, Romine made just one error making his .997 fielding percentage rank fourth in the American League among catchers with at least 350 innings of service.

Additionally, his catcher’s ERA was 3.88 last season ranking ahead of Sanchez (4.41) and Brian McCann (4.18). While his caught stealing percentage is low at 17%, his consistency as a backstop and game-caller is exactly what his role calls for.