Friday, June 22, 2012
Yankees outfield prospect Tyler Austin will represent the organization in the 2012 Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game, to be held on July 8 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Austin, 20, has earned praise this year playing for Class A Charleston in the South Atlantic League. A 13th-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft from Congers, Ga., Austin will suit up for the United States team.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recently mentioned Austin as the Minor League player in the club’s organization that he is most excited about.
“We’ve got a lot of prospects on that Charleston club, and he’s stepped up and so far had the biggest season out of that group of guys,” Cashman said.
Great news for Austin. I can’t even recall the last Yankees offensive prospect that came seemingly out of nowhere like this. I am far more used to hearing about a prospect for years only to never see them amount to anything (sorry, Eric Duncan, does that hit too close to home?). After trading Jesus Montero, it is great to see someone new that I can realistically pin my future hopes on for the Yankees lineup.
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