Baseball America has announced that Trenton Thunder catcher Austin Romine and pitcher Hector Noesi have been named to the 2010 Futures Game. Romine, 21, will represent the U.S. Team, while Noesi, 23, will be on the World team.
Romine and Noesi become the 13th and 14th players in Thunder history to play in the Futures Game while with the club, joining such notables as Robinson Cano, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Jesus Montero.
Romine is in his first season in Double-A, and entered the 2010 season as the number two prospect in the Yankees organization according to Baseball America, behind just Montero.
Having moved steadily through the system since being drafted in the second round by the Yankees in 2007, the personable backstop is considered by many to be the Yankees catcher of the future. This season, he’s hitting .286 with four home runs and 35 RBI in 55 games.
Added to New York’s 40-man roster this off-season, Noesi was rated just the 24th best prospect in the organization this off-season by Baseball America. Surely, his stock has skyrocketed since then. After posting a 5-2 record, 2.72 ERA and sick 53:6 K/BB ratio in 43 innings with High-A Tampa, the Dominican-born starter has been nearly as good since joining the Thunder.
In his first foray in Double-A, the righty is 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in six starts and has walked six and struck out 34 Eastern League batters in 38 innings of work.
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