TRENTON, N.J. – Once again an All-Star, Yankees outfield prospect Tyler Austin is looking forward to a strong finish to his 2013 season.
Set to play in tonight’s Eastern League All-Star Game at New Britain Stadium, Austin, a participant in the 2012 Futures Game and Yankees No. 4 prospect according to Baseball America, reflected on the first half of his Trenton season.
After hitting a combined .322 (133-for-413) with 17 homers and 80 RBIs at Class-A stops Charleston and Tampa – with two games at Trenton – in 2012, Austin, in 79 games this season, is batting .257 (78-for-303) with six homers and 39 RBIs.
Numbers not unexpected in making the toughest jump from Single-A to Double-A, where, for the first time, a player faces pitchers who will mix it up, throwing change-ups in a fastball count and sliders instead of fastballs, giving hitters a challenge.
“It’s been an adjustment at the plate all season,’’ said the 21-year-old native of Conyers, Ga. “I’m excited about playing in the (East...