The 2013 Trenton Thunder all-prospect outfield, from left, Ramon Flores, Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin.
TRENTON, N.J. – Tyler Austin has heard the talk coming out of New York in his hometown of Conyers, Ga.
It’s been trumpeted on radio talk shows, profiled on spring-training broadcasts and chatted up among Yankees fans.
“I heard about this kid, Austin, I think,’’ said a recent caller to New York’s WFAN (AM 660; FM 101.9). “Why don’t they push him to get here?’’
Austin, 21, about to begin his first full season with the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the Yankees, just shakes his head and chuckles when he hears this.
“Certainly I want to play with the Yankees in New York some day,’’ Austin, who overcame testicular cancer while in high school in Conyers, said. “But that’s not what I’m concerned about right now.
“My job is to help the Trenton Thunder win games and work to get better every day. Hopefully that will bring some good things in the future. If I do what