Sunday, November 16, 2014

Weekend TTM Roundup 11/10-11/15

Well this was a slow week. This week was so slow that I almost prepared a post on how my streak of consecutive weeks with a TTM return came to a halt but then I got one at the very last possible minute. On Saturday around lunchtime.

Received On: 11/15/2014

But oh what a return it was.
It was from Tyler Austin who was one of the seven prospects the Yankees sent over to the Arizona Fall League.
Tyler Austin first put himself on the map after a breakout 2012 but his 2013 was derailed by injuries and he found himself being overshadowed by newer, more promising prospects that have entered the system. In 2014 he managed to escape having another season being lost due to injuries and had himself a very good second half. Enough to put him back on a few radars.
Offensively Austin provides some pop and hits for a pretty high average. Defensively he's not great in right field but he's not terrible either.
Austin has played both the infield and outfield in his profession career so far. For all we know he could possibly offer some versatility between RF and 1st ala Nick Swisher.
Austin had himself a pretty great AFL-stint before it abruptly ended when he collided with Greg Bird and suffered what appeared to be a bone bruise. From what I've read it doesn't appear to be as serious as the wrist injury that slowed down Austin's progress in 2013.
Anyway if Austin being sent to the AFL is any indication, it appears as though the Yankees still see promise in Austin. At this point the Yankees' previous draft strategy of going after high risk high reward guys out of high school is gone and sooner or later Austin (as well as Williams and Heathcott to an extent) will just be remnants of that bygone era but I'm sure the Yankees will take anything they can still get from what's left. Hopefully Austin continues to progress and makes it to the bigs and doesn't have to suffer the fate of having the system pass him by.

Received On: 11/15/2014

I've heard stories of just how cool Austin is and finally experienced it first hand when I saw that he also signed the bonus card I sent to him as a gift for me.
Hopefully Austin makes a full recovery and sees some time in the bigs next year. After all, the Yankees have outfield issues that won't disappear even with Chris Young and Eury Perez in the mix.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

2014 TTM Count: 228

Sources:
*http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2014/11/14/winter-league-notes-tyler-austin-resting-left-knee-injury/
*http://rollingthunder.mlblogs.com/2014/11/09/tyler-austin-carted-off-in-arizona-fall-league/
*http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2014/#list=nyy

4 comments:

  1. I got him yesterday as well. Was very happy to get it back. Congrats!

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    1. Congrats on getting yours back too :).

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  2. Looks like Tyler signed all his mail in one sitting. Congrats!

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    1. It does. I have a feeling I was near the end of that sitting judging from how the pen appears to be running out of ink.

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