Austin Romine, not to be confused with his brother Andrew, is becoming a free agent this offseason after spending 2020 with the Detroit Tigers. In the 2020 season, Romine saw a large drop off in his production, after posting a .748 OPS in 2019, it dropped all the way down to .582 in 2020 and saw his OBP drop significantly after walking only in 3.0 percent of his plate appearances. In 2020, Romine also saw over 11.9 percent of his batted balls be placed in the “weak contact zone” which was a steep raise, after seeing his percentage in this category be at 3.4 percent as an average for his last four seasons.
With his glove, he has never been an outstanding catcher, and in fact is actually a below average defensive one, totaling -7 DRS for his career, and ranking in the bottom 11th percentile according to framing metrics in 2020. On top of that, in 2019, Romine ranked tied for 62nd among all qualified catchers in pop time at 2.07, out of only 78 total catchers. Romine’s arm on the other hand, is ranked 32nd in baseball, at an average velocity of 82.2, which helps to attempt to make up for his lackluster pop time.
Romine, entering his age 32 season, will be a serviceable back up catcher for a big league team, but not much more, while he has shown some potential with the bat, it is too big of a risk to try to attempt to make him an every day catcher with his lack of progression with the glove.
These are the teams I believe are in contention to sign Romine: Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox
Final Landing Spot Prediction: Austin Romine signs a 1 yr/1.5 million dollar deal with the Philadelphia Phillies
2021 Stat Line Prediction: .252/.309/.423 .732 OPS 5 HR 21 RBI