After a breakout season that began at Low-A Charleston and ended two levels higher in Double-A Trenton, Tyler Austin has become one of the hottest names in the Yankees farm system. Initially drafted as a catcher when he was selected in the 13th round of the 2010 draft, Austin never appeared in a professional game at the position. Instead, Austin split time between first base and third base during the first year of his professional career.
When Austin got his chance to start at third base in 2011, he struggled quite a bit defensively, recording six errors in 64 chances over the course of 24 games. After the season, it was determined that Austin would be moved out of the infield and become a regular right fielder when 2012 began, partially because of his defense and partially because of the presence of third baseman and former first round pick Dante Bichette, Jr. at Class-A Charleston.
In 2012, Austin broke out as one of the best prospects in the Yankees’ system, as hi...