Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tyler Austin To Learn First Base Starting Immediately

The New York Yankees love what they have in outfield prospect Tyler Austin, especially now that his wrist is fully healed and Austin has reported to the AA Trenton Thunder. Trenton manager Tony Franklin confirmed the move towards even more flexibility and versatility for Austin and says he is close to being ready for games, if he isn't already. The time is soon for Austin and the place will be at first base in wake of Mark Teixeira's latest injury and the exposure of the lack of depth for the Yankees at first base.

Austin has primarily been a right fielder in the Yankees minor league system but the move to first base makes sense. Austin is also likely to dabble at third base some too this season. Austin spent the 2011 season splitting time between the two hot corners so this will not be something new for Austin and could make his move through the system even quicker than it already was. The problem  was then, and will be now, the defensive questions that comes along with Austin at the hot corner. Austin made six errors in 2011 at third base and two more at first base but he was 22 years old at the time, hopefully the defensive issues are behind him now and the Yankees can get the infield depth they so desperately need.

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