Prospect Profile: Tyler Austin

2014 Stats: 

Level: AFL/AA

.280/.345/.424   8.9% BB%  17.8% K%   .144 ISO   .326 BABIP   7/11 SB   -8 DEF

Austin ranked #19 on Chris Yankees top 100 list.


Drafted in the 13th round of the 2010 draft, it wasn’t until 2012 when Tyler Austin burst onto the prospect scene. That year, he posted a 161 wRC+ mostly between Single-A Charleston and High-A Tampa (he had 8 plate appearances in Double-A, too). Following that monster campaign, Austin cracked Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list for the first and only time, ranking 77th. A wrist injury slowed down his ascent in 2013, sapping the impressive power he displayed in 2012 (from a .239 ISO down to .118).

2014 Results

Austin got off to a slow start, putting up a 94 wRC+ and .116 ISO through June. He turned it around in July, and finished off the final couple months of the Double-A season with an impressive 131 wRC+ and .180 ISO, a step toward what he did in 2012. Then, Tyler proceeded to tear up the Arizona Fall League with a 135 wRC+ (79 plate appearances) up until a knee injury cut the season short. All told, it was a nice rebound for Austin after a difficult 2013.

What KATOH says

Chris€™ projection system isn’t a believer in Austin, but keep in mind that it’s accounting for Austin’s full season. It doesn’t know that perhaps Austin’s wrist didn’t really feel 100% until mid-2014. Obviously that’s just a theory, but just something worth thinking about when looking at this projection. Austin’s mediocre walk rate (8.2%) and power (.144 ISO) in his full season at Double-A, even as a 22 year-old, just doesn’t impress KATOH.


2015 Outlook

Expect Austin to be Triple-A Scranton’s everyday right fielder this year. Hopefully, another year removed from wrist problems will bring the right-handed hitter closer to his 2012 dominance. He’s on the 40-man roster, so a solid showing will certainly make him an option as a midseason call-up, although Ramon Flores probably a rung ahead of him at this stage. Regardless, we should get a taste of Austin in the big leagues at some point in September.

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