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Christopher Tyler Austin

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Tyler Austin hit .354 in his first full minor league season.

Austin was picked by the New York Yankees in the 13th round of the 2010 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Darryl Monroe for $130,000 and made his pro debut that summer. He went 0 for 2 with two times hit-by-pitch that summer for the GCL Yankees before a left hand fracture ended his season. In 2011, he played for the GCL Yankees (.390/.438/.622, 22 RBI in 20 G) and Staten Island Yankees (.323/.402/.542 in 27 G). Overall, he had 29 runs and 36 RBI in 47 games while stealing 18 bases in 18 tries. He fielded .983 at first base and .906 at third base. Baseball America ranked him as the 8th-best prospect in the New York-Penn League, between Tony Wolters and Nick Kingham. Tyler moved to right field with the 2012 Charleston RiverDogs but remained red-hot at the plate. He hit .320/.405/.598 with 69 runs and 14 home runs in his first 70 games, with 17 steals in 19 tries. He was battling Alen Hanson for the South Atlantic League OPS lead. He then was chosen for the US team in the 2012 Futures Game but did not play in their 17-5 romp over the World squad. He was then promoted to the Tampa Yankees.

Source: 2012 Yankees Media Guide

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