Tyler Austin (Photo: Trenton Thunder on Facebook)
New York Yankees outfield prospect Tyler Austin burst onto the scene in 2012, covering three minor league levels, plus a rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League. Austin led the Yankees’ system in batting average for the second straight year, and vaulted himself into the top five on Baseball America’s annual prospect rankings for each system. I got a chance to sit down with him last week as the Trenton Thunder’s homestand was winding down.
Last year, you worked your way from Low-A all the way up to Trenton at the end of the season. What did you see in terms of different competition levels, and what did you take from each level?
Well, you know, coming up here, it was big for me just because you get a feel for this league last season. Personally, I don’t think there’s too much difference, it’s still the same game. The players are a little bit better, the pitchers are a little bit better, but at the end of the day, it’s still the same...