With Jorge Posada willing to take more at-bats at DH - because Nick Johnson's right wrist created a void, and because Francisco Cervelli has filled in nicely at catcher - it might feel natural to anoint Cervelli as Posada's successor behind the plate.

It won't be that simple, though. Posada does figure to start catching again at some point, and in the farm system, the Yankees have catching prospects Jesus Montero and Austin Romine.

Montero, 20, is playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and not hitting well at all, with a .652 OPS entering Friday. He also drew a benching after not hustling on the bases. Romine, 21, is playing for Double-A Trenton and is hitting considerably better, with an .848 OPS in the same time period.

Here's what a talent evaluator from another team opined (on condition of anonymity) about the Yankees' young catchers: "I really like Romine. He's got a chance to be a very good two-way player behind the plate. He's an athletic kid who can hit and is going to be a good defensive catcher.

"Montero will probably be the better hitter with more power, but it's going to be hard to find a place to play him."

The scout added that defensively, Montero is "not as bad as I thought he was going to be." He also voiced his endorsement of Cervelli's future.

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