Jorge Alfaro
Rangers' Gallo, Alfaro, Manzara to start season in Double-A
Jorge Alfaro, C, TEX
News: Rangers prospects Joey Gallo, Jorge Alfaro and Nomar Mazara will open the season with Double-A Frisco, reports 

Gallo, who was the team's first-round draft pick in 2012, hit .250 in 15 games this spring with two home runs and six RBI. Alfaro hit .313 with four RBI in 16 plate appearances while Mazara hit .286 in seven at-bats.


Austin Romine
Yankees catcher Austin Romine still unsure of role
Austin Romine, C, NYY
News: Yankees backup catcher Austin Romine still doesn't know where he will be when the season begins, reports

Romine, who is battling with John Ryan Murphy for the backup role at catcher, is hitting a low .143 in 28 plate appearances this spring.

It's hard for Romine to not think about what will happen.

"Being a human, you're going to think about it," he continued. "It is your career, it's your future, stuff like that. So best I can do is go out there and show them I can catch."

With four games left, Romine will continue to try to perform at the highest level.

"I'm just playing. I'm playing to make this team, but I'm also playing for the teams out there," Romine said. "But I want nothing more than to make it on this team. That's my goal."


Josmil Pinto
Twins C Josmil Pinto catches five innings Tuesday
Josmil Pinto, C, MIN
News: Twins catcher Josmil Pinto went 1 for 3 with a home run and caught five innings in a minor-league game Tuesday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Pinto passed his concussion tests Monday and returned to catch three innings before ramping up his playing time Tuesday.

Mike Zunino
Mariners' McClendon very pleased with progress of Mike Zunino
Mike Zunino, C, SEA
News: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has caught more games and innings than any other catcher in the Cactus League through Monday, according to Manager Lloyd McClendon said that is a testament to the progress Zunino is making after an up-and-down year in 2014.

“He came in in great shape and there’s some things we wanted to see him do this spring and he’s starting to do them,” McClendon said Tuesday. “Taking charge of the staff, running that staff, getting them to do the things he needs them to do to be successful during the course of a game. Sometimes you have to pull the whip out. He’s done all those things. I think it’s taken him the whole six weeks to get all of that out of the staff. That’s why he’s played as much as he’s played.”

Zunino, who hit .199 with 22 home runs last season, is batting .354 (17 for 48) with five doubles, seven home runs, 10 runs and 13 RBI in 18 spring games.

“I don’t think he was ready to do it last year. He was trying to get his feet wet his first full year in the big leagues as well,” McClendon said. “I think he’s learned this staff. He knows he can be successful in this league and the maturation process has brought him to this point in his career.

“He’s been on the fast track from the start and he hasn’t disappointed. It’s mind blowing, if you really think about it, to think how far he’s come so fast.”


Audry Perez
Rockies traded catcher Audry Perez to Orioles
Audry Perez, C, BAL
News: The Rockies traded catcher Audry Perez to the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations, according to MASN Sports. Perez, who is projected to start the season at Triple-A, went 1 for 11 this spring. 

Humberto Quintero
Red Sox's Quintero holds off in exercising opt-out clause
Humberto Quintero, C, BOS
News: Red Sox catcher Humberto Quintero will wait a few more days before deciding if he will exercise the opt-out clause in his minor-league contract.

Quintero was in good shape to make the Opening Day roster following the news of Christian Vazquez's elbow injury, but the acquistion Monday of catcher Sandy Leon means Quintero is still vying for a spot on the roster.

“I’ve been playing in the big leagues for a few years so I know, it’s baseball,” the 35-year-old Quintero said, per “I’ll just try and do my best every time they put me in the lineup. I’ve hit the ball well, blocked the ball, and I feel great.”


Mayo Acosta
Rays reassign Everett Teaford, Brandon Gomes, six others
Mayo Acosta, C, TB
News: The Rays reassigned pitchers Everett Teaford and Brandon Gomes to minor-league camp along with six other players, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Teaford and Gomes were in the mix for spots on the 25-man roster before being reassigned. The team also cut catcher Mayo Acosta, outfielders Corey Brown and Joey Butler and pitchers Jhan Marinez, Jim Miller and Jordan Norberto.


Sandy Leon
Farrell: Leon acquisition likely pushes Swihart to Triple-A roster
Sandy Leon, C, BOS
News: Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Monday with the acquisition of Sandy Leon from the Nationals, prospect Blake Swihart will start the season in Triple-A, per ESPN. Leon has the inside track for the backup catcher job behind Ryan Hanigan.

Jason Castro
Astros' Hinch: Jason Casto 'a well-rounded player'
Jason Castro, C, HOU
News: Catcher Jason Castro is the longest-tenured member of the Astros and optimistic about the direction of the team, reports.

"It's a great time for this organization," Castro said. "It's exciting to have been here and weathered the storm a little bit through the middle of that and see it through to the other side. It's exciting and hopefully we can play up to the type of baseball we're capable of playing. We have some guys in here who can do some pretty special things on the baseball field."

Manager A.J. Hinch is a fan of the different things Castro brings to the lineup and behind the plate.

"Jason's a well-rounded player," Hinch said. "There's a reason he's an All-Star, there's a reason he can contribute in every facet of the game. For us, being a left-handed bat, we have some right-handed bats that we're going to rely upon… and he'll offer us something different than those that hit in front of him. I like his balance, his composure, his steadiness of how he approaches the game. I look forward to his leadership. As he's entering these years of his career, he's got a track record under his belt to provide some steady leadership and have a good year for us."

Castro is 9 for 34 with two home runs this spring.


J.P. Arencibia
Orioles reassign C J.P. Arencibia to minor-league camp
J.P. Arencibia, C, BAL
News: The Orioles have reassigned catcher J.P. Arencibia to minor-league camp, the team announced Monday.

Arencibia received a cortisone shot in his right forearm and is expected to be re-evaluated Wednesday. He's played just once since March 17 and was 2 for 17 this spring before being reassigned.


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