Yankee Prospect Watch 2012
Over the next couples weeks I am going to do a series called “Prospect Watch 2012” these players I feel are some that you may want to keep tabs on during the season in the minors. Some will be names you know already some you may have heard of but don’t know much about. I plan on giving you any and all rankings they have been apart of along with stats and tidbits of information.
Weight: 200 lb.
Drafted by the Yankees in the 13th round in 2010.
Our own Jamie Fisher ranked him #10 in his 2012 Prospect Rankings. He had this to say about Austin. “Tyler Austin can hit for average and power. I seem to be in the minority but I really like this guy. He made his debut in the Gulf Coast and smashed to a .517 wOBA in 20 games, then followed up with .448 wOBA in Staten Island. Has power to all fields and an advanced approach that helps him drive off-speed pitches. How many 20-year olds can you say that about? BA ranked him 8th best prospect in NY Penn League. Only question mark is his defense at 3B but he’s athletic enough to play the OF if need be. He even stole 18 of 18 bases in just 47 games which tells me he has good instincts and a feel for the game.”
The Yankee Analysts did their rankings as a group and Austin’s average was slotted at 13. To read that article please click here.
John Sickels of Minor league ball ranked him 9th in the Yankee system and had this to say about him “
Grade B-: Borderline C+. I don’t know why this guy doesn’t get more attention. Polished bat for a 19-year-old, defense needs work, has stolen 18 bases without getting caught in his career so far.” To read his article click here.
FanGraphs had Austin listed as their 11th prospect and said this about him “The 2010 draft began inauspiciously for the New York Yankees with some eyebrow raising selections at the top of the draft. However, picks like Mason Williams, Austin, as well as Ben Gamel, are starting to pay dividends. Austin was drafted as a high school catcher but he’s seen time at both first and third base as a pro. If he can handle the hot corner, then his value will jump significantly, since his strong arm would be wasted at first. At the plate he shows good raw power and hit .354 in 40 short-season games in ’11.” To see the rest of the Fangraphs ranking please click here.
Austin is getting a lot of praise after his stellar season last year. If he stays healthy this year and produces like he did last year you will be sure to see his name higher on the rankings lists next year.
Now for his stats provided by Baseball Reference: