Yankees manager Joe Girardi will rotate between catchers Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine during spring training and have them compete for the backup catcher position.
"I think in evaluating Sanchez and Romine, you want to give them equal starts to see how they do and how they adapt to the different pitchers," Girardi told NJ.com's Ryan Hatch. "You try to rotate it, in a sense. I guess you could call that significance, but I think it's shown how much he's grown in the past couple of years."
While Brian McCann, 32, is the team's starting catcher, the Yankees traded last year's backup catcher, John Ryan Murphy, to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Aaron Hicks, setting up a vacancy in spring training. In 2014, the team had Francisco Cervelli.
Sanchez, 23, is considered one of the Yankees' top prospects after hitting 18 home runs and 62 RBIs across Double-A and Triple-A last season, and emerged as the favorite to become New York's backup catcher last month.
"It's exciting to be in the mix," Sanchez told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "For us, all players, we want to make it to the big leagues. But that's not my decision."
But the 27-year-old Romine has already played 77 career games at the major-league level since 2011, including 60 in 2013. He was limited to 81 and 92 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
"They're going to make our decision really tough," Giradi said.
Girardi said Sanchez has a high ceiling and Yankees vice president of player development Gary Denbo said Sanchez's skill set is "unquestionable" right now.
New York also has Carlos Corporan as a potential backup catcher candidate, and the Yankees could have Sanchez start the year in the minors to affect his service time.
"To me, I'm just focusing on my job," Sanchez said to Hoch. "I've got to keep working hard every day, call a good game and whatever decision is up to them."