(Do it, Murph. Courtesy of the AP)
There was a time not too long ago when the Yankees looked like they were going to be set at catcher for a long time to come. They had Russell Martin as the immediate replacement for Jorge Posada, top prospects Jesus Montero and Austin Romine waiting in the wings at the upper levels of their farm system, and an 18-year-old kid named Gary Sanchez raking down in A-ball.
Fast forward to the present day and the catcher position is basically a wasteland. Lifelong backup Francisco Cervelli is on the DL with a broken hand, which cruelly befell him just as he finally seemed to be nailing down the starting job. His backup Chris Stewart is who we thought he was and who he's always been as an all field/no hit player whose defensive reputation always seems to outweigh what he actually does on the field. And Romine, now forced into the backup role for Stewart, has looked awful in his real Major League debut, posting a .151 wOBA and -17 wRC+ and striking out 17 times in 61 PA.
Oh, and the once great savior Jesus has been traded to Seattle and demoted back to Triple-A after registering as a negative WAR player in almost a full season's worth of games. Yep, things have taken quite the bad turn in the world of Yankee catchers. And yet somehow the future still looks just as bright for them at the position as it did 2 years ago.