In 2011, Tyler Austin made his real
professional debut (he played two games in the Gulf Coast League in 2010) and hit .354/.418/.579 between the GCL and the New York-Penn League. The 13th-round selection from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft was ranked 15th on the Yankees' Top 20 Prospects list
as a result, with people very curious to see what the step up to full-season ball would be like for him.
So far, Austin is showing his bat is legit, and he's a prospect worth tracking. Austin is this week's choice for Prospect Watch Hitter of the Week after batting .381 with a .440 OBP and slugging an outlandish 1.048. In six games, Austin had eight hits, six of them for extra bases (four homers, two doubles), while driving in 12 runs. The highlight was a two-homer, seven-RBI game against Hickory.
The 20-year-old, who is now settling into a corner outfield spot after coming into the system as a third baseman, has been swinging a hot bat for most of the season. For the year, Austin has hit .348/.404/.831 with nine homers and 25 RBIs. He leads the South Atlantic League in homers, slugging and OPS, while standing fourth in batting average and RBIs.