• Tyler Austin

    Posted by on January 22nd, 2013 · Comments (6)

    Interesting read: Q&A: Austin embraces position, past – Yankees ‘mega-prospect’ overcame cancer, idolized Jeter

    Here are Austin’s minor league stats:

                                                                          
    Year   Age      Tm        Lev   G  PA   R 2B HR RBI BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG
    2010    18 Yankees         Rk   2   4   0  0  0   0  0   1 .000 .500 .000
    2011    19 2 Teams      A--Rk  47 201  29 18  6  36 15  39 .354 .418 .579
    2012    20 4 Teams A-A+-AA-Rk 110 472  92 35 17  80 51  98 .322 .400 .559
    3 Seasons                     159 677 121 53 23 116 66 138 .331 .406 .563

    Kid looks like a hitter. But, why did he last until the 13th round of the draft and sign for only $130,000? That’s very strange.

    Comments on Tyler Austin

    1. MJ Recanati
      January 22nd, 2013 | 1:49 pm

      Let’s be clear that Tyler Austin is not a “mega-prospect” as that linked article suggests. Austin has an MLB future as long as his defense doesn’t drag down the limited value his offense will provide (given that he’ll never hit with enough power to truly justify a corner position).

    2. January 22nd, 2013 | 2:14 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Let’s be clear that Tyler Austin is not a “mega-prospect” as that linked article suggests.

      But, that’s what Brian Cashman referred to him as, per the feature.

    3. Evan3457
      January 22nd, 2013 | 2:46 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      MJ Recanati wrote:
      Let’s be clear that Tyler Austin is not a “mega-prospect” as that linked article suggests.
      But, that’s what Brian Cashman referred to him as, per the feature.

      As he should, whether he is one or not, to try to pump up his trade value a bit, or to make it more credible when the Yanks demand a high price should other teams ask about him in a trade.

    4. MJ Recanati
      January 22nd, 2013 | 3:04 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      But, that’s what Brian Cashman referred to him as, per the feature.

      Nothing wrong with members of the organization trying to create buzz around a player. I just want to be clear that fans shouldn’t think of him in that way.

      Also, to answer your question as to why he signed for “only $130,000″, that’s way over slot for a 13th rounder. He was a high school kid and, between having a college commitment and recovering from cancer treatment, it’s not surprising that he went in the 13th round. Thereafter, making $130K that late in the draft represents a lot more money than he could’ve expected.

    5. Scout
      January 23rd, 2013 | 4:04 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      As he should, whether he is one or not, to try to pump up his trade value a bit, or to make it more credible when the Yanks demand a high price should other teams ask about him in a trade

      Other teams could not care less how the Yankees evaluate one of their own players. All that matters in a possible deal is what value the other team places on a prospect. All the hype in the world won’t change that. I think it more likely Cashman is trying to get the fan base excited about the future in a winter in which the organization has not delivered anything to thrill the masses.

      I’m not sure what “mega-prospect” even means.

    6. January 23rd, 2013 | 5:44 pm

      Scout wrote:

      I’m not sure what “mega-prospect” even means.

      It’s a Cashman made up word: http://www.nj.com/thunder/index.ssf/2012/09/yankees_retool_trenton_thunder.html

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