The Book on Tyler Austin
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Tyler Austin / OF, NYY
Conyers, GA, USA
School: Heritage HS (GA)
200 | 5/2/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (5/21/2013): #74
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #75
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #62
Minor League Ball (Sickels): #58
Baseball America 2013: #77
Baseball Prospectus: Unranked or n/a
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
Tyler Austin is the fastest-rising player on the Yankee farm. Austin destroyed four (four!) levels of minor league ball in 2012, averaging .322/.400/.559 from rookie ball all the way up to AA, and that AA line wasn't bad in itself, as a .286 average in a player's very first taste of high-level minors is something special enough to circle on your program. Austin is a right-handed hitter with a quick and strong swing to all fields, which makes him extra-potent once his advanced batting eye and patience is brought to bear. His power is rapidly approaching plus, and while he'll be no leadoff-type base stealer, a middle-order back with better than average speed is exactly what the Yankees are looking for these days. Look for him to spend all of 2013 in AA, with a September callup a near-certainty. Should the Yankee lineup suffer injuries closer to midseason, a Will Middlebrooks-style debut would not be a surprise, either: he's very likely to cement a lineup spot as soon as he's given the chance. While he's developed as a third baseman, he seems to have outgrown the spot (too bad, as the Yanks should have an opening there soon), which relegates him to right field, first base or DH.
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