07/10/11 9:15 PM ET
Romine makes most of Futures Game at-bats
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
The Yankees catching prospect has his focus on what's going on right now.
"I try not to look into the future because if I don't take care of the present, then there will be no future," he said. "So I have to take care of right now."
Right now included an appearance Sunday in the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game with the best young players in the game.
Romine did not start, but made the most of his time in the game by singling in both his at-bats. His line-drive single in the eighth inning scored Tim Beckham with what proved to be the winning run in the U.S. Team's 6-4 win over the World Team.
Romine took a minute to look around the clubhouse, which during the season houses the Arizona Diamondbacks, and smiled.
"This is a good time," he said. "It's not very often you get to cut out of Minor League Baseball to go play in a big league stadium with guys that are going to be in the big leagues in the next couple of years."
Romine is likely to be one of those guys who will be in the big leagues over the next couple years. Regarded as a more well-rounded catcher than Yankees top prospect Jesus Montero, Romine is hitting .293 with four homers and 36 RBIs for Double-A Trenton.
"I think I'm getting another year that I needed," he said. "I just need to finish up the way I've been performing. I set out with a goal to make the All-Star Game and do all that stuff and I accomplished all the goals I've been setting so far. I just need to finish strong and consistent like that."
Consistency is something that Romine has been focused on this year following a meeting he had with Yankees brass.
"I started off good last year and kind of fell in July and August and they want to see me be consistent throughout the whole year," he said. "That's what I'm trying to do this year, show that I can be consistent throughout."
Sunday was a bit of a home game for Romine. A native of California, Romine's father Kevin and his brother Andrew both played at Arizona State University, just down the road from Chase Field.
Kevin Romine and about 25 others came in from California to watch him. Andrew Romine could not make it because he was busy playing for the Triple-A Salt Lake City Bees.
Austin Romine signed to play at ASU before being drafted and signed by the Yankees in the second round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
"I spent a lot of time here," said Romine, who also was in Arizona last year to play in the Arizona Fall League. "I saw ASU play UA here. I've just never been on the field. Until today that is."