Teagarden added to AFL roster
Updated: October 27, 2009, 11:54 AM ETBy Jason Grey
• The New York Yankees recently pulled catcher Austin Romine from the Arizona Fall League due to a minor injury. Needing to add another catcher to the Surprise roster, the Yankees had the right of first refusal to send another one. When they declined, the Texas Rangers stepped up and sent Taylor Teagarden to the AFL as a replacement. It was a rough year for Teagarden at the big league level, as he struggled to get playing time and didn't make the most of the limited opportunities he was given. Nobody was expecting anything close to the type of performance Teagarden gave in 2008, when he hit .341 with five homers during a September call-up, but the 25-year-old catcher hit just .217 with six homers in 198 at-bats in 2009, and his career is at a crossroads. It's been downhill since a monster 2007 season in the minors, when he hit .310 with 27 homers and a 1.012 OPS between high Class A and Double-A. In the minors in 2008, he hit just .211. Granted, he was a little banged up at times that season and had sporadic playing time in 2009, but that's two seasons of poor performance (not counting the small sample size of his September '08 call-up), leading us to question if he can reach his offensive potential.
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