After spending the last six seasons in the New York Yankees, minor league system Tyler Austin is finally going to get the call to the big leagues, according to Fox Sport’s Ken Rosenthal. The 24-year old infielder/outfielder has battled multiple injuries through his career and was designated for assignment in September 2015.
Austin started the season with the Double-A Trenton Thunder and got off to a slow start but came on strong before earning a promotion to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders where he has been hitting .323, playing both corner outfield spots and both corner infield positions.
He arrived at Trenton with a different attitude this past spring after hitting just ,235 at SWB in 2015 and finishing the season at with the Thunder, where he hit .260 in 21 games.
“Whatever happens, happens,” he said in April. “I’m not going to get myself worried about anything. I feel good, and I’m just going to take this season as it comes and have fun.”
With 17 home runs and 78 RBIs between Trenton and SWB, he is showing power unseen since 2012, when he also hit 17 homers in the lower minors, and his prospect status is reborn. He also is playing well defensively at first base with an OPS of .916 for the season, 1.051 in 57 Triple-A games.
Austin’s versatility made him the perfect candidate for the Yankees to call him up to the majors with the unconditional release of Alex Rodriguez. Throughout his career he has primarily been a right fielder with 299 games at the position, his second most played position is first base where he played 119 games during his minor league career. At third base, he has 35 games and 19 games in left field.