Romine named to US Futures Game squad

Romine named to US Futures Game squad

Romine named to US Futures Game squad
NEW YORK -- Yankees prospect Austin Romine joined elite company Thursday, making the 25-man United States roster for the 13th annual XM All-Star Futures Game.

Romine, a catcher at Double-A Trenton, has hit .298 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in 44 games with the Thunder this season. He was selected 94th overall in the second round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

The 13th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, July 10, at 6 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175.

MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, and you can keep up to date by following @MLBFutures on Twitter. Fans can join the Futures Game conversation by tagging tweets with #mlbfutures.

Major League Baseball, along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America, USA Baseball and the 30 Major League Baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters for each club. Each organization is represented, and the World Team features players from 12 countries and territories. Players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.

Seventy-nine players have competed in both the XM All-Star Futures Game and the MLB All-Star Game. Last season, 38 All-Stars were Futures Game alumni, surpassing the previous marks of 28, set in 2009.

Eight current Yankees have played in the XM All-Star Futures Game: Robinson Cano (2003, '04), Russell Martin ('05), Phil Hughes ('06), CC Sabathia ('00), A.J. Burnett (1999), Joba Chamberlain ('07), Hector Noesi ('10) and Ramiro Pena ('08).

Four of those players have gone on to play in the MLB All-Star Game: Cano (2006, '10), Martin ('07, '08), Hughes ('10) and Sabathia ('03, '04, '07, '10).

The 22-year-old Romine is the Yankees' No. 5 prospect, according to MLB.com. The everyday catcher at Double-A Trenton is also the No. 5 overall prospect for his position.

The XM All-Star Futures Game is the first of three days of All-Star events at Chase Field, which will host the 82nd All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 12. The XM All-Star Futures Game will last nine innings, and in the event of a tie, will go a maximum of 10 innings, regardless of the score.

Ben May (home plate) of the Eastern League, Will Little (first base) of the Southern League, Jimmy Volpi (second base) of the Texas League and Scott Mahoney (third base) of the Eastern League are the Minor League umpires who will work the game.

Matt Fortuna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.