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Tyler Austin chosen for Futures Game

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 21, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Charleston outfielder Tyler Austin has been named to the U.S. Team for next month’s Future’s Game in Kasas City.

The 20-year-old right fielder is hitting .336/.409/.655 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI through 58 games. The converted corner infielder is playing the outfield for the first time, and he’s emerged as one of the top position prospects in the organization.

The Futures Game features will be played on All-Star Sunday, July 8, begin at 5 p.m. ET and televised on ESPN2 and MLB.TV. Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League team, selected the 25-man rosters for both the U.S. Team and the World Team. Each organization is represented and players from all full-season minor leagues were eligible to participate.

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56 Responses to “Tyler Austin chosen for Futures Game”

  1. blake June 21st, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Yay….I said yesterday itd be cool if they challenged either he or Sanchez and sent them…..pretty big honor for a kid in low A ball

  2. Triple Short of a Cycle June 21st, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Any update on Banuelos or Campos?

  3. MTU June 21st, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Blake-

    This kid has been flying under the radar up till now.

    The FG may change some of that.

    I also wonder if maybe they are showcasing him ?

  4. blake June 21st, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    “I also wonder if maybe they are showcasing him ?”

    Hope not on that one…..

  5. The Genius Maker June 21st, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    ARod the last 6 years:
    2007 – 1.067 OPS
    2008 – .965
    2009 – .934
    2010 – .847
    2011 – .823
    2012 – .780

    This is one of those progressions an older player has…He can reverse it, but maybe he is wearing down? Bernie had a similar reduction in OPS with an uptick his last year at the age of 37

  6. DONNYBROOK June 21st, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    When was the last time someone heard Girardi use the term, “situational hitting”. Mr 3 Run Dinger is Enabling this current Yankee HR OR BUST philosophy, that has resulted in the miserable Yankee RISP BA.

  7. blake June 21st, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Yea Alex is getting older and I wouldnt expect him to be what he was in 07 again…..but injuries were a big part of the downturn the last couple of years and if hes healthy I would think he could perform better than he has been thus far…….

  8. MTU June 21st, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Blake-

    Sanchez isn’t doing bad himself.

    .312 w 12 jacks

    .906 OPS

    They should send him too.

    ;)

  9. blake June 21st, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    MTU,

    Yea they should…….they should send them both then have them report to Tampa when they get back.

  10. UnKnown June 21st, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I think Girardi has done a really good job of keeping Alex as fresh as he possibly can. A healthy Arod is a productive Arod. Or at least as productive as he can be at this stage of his career.

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 21st, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    AND THE WINNER IS…PITCHING!

    Top 10 with RISP, by RBI – team, by placement within majors (winning PCT) –

    1, 15, 28, 9, 16, 2, 12, 14, 21, 17

    1 – 1st – Rangers
    2 – 15th – Suxers
    3 – 28th – Rockies
    4 – 9th – Mets
    5 – 16th – Cards
    6 – 2nd – Dodgers
    7 -12th – Indians
    8 -14th – White Sox
    9 – 21st – Phils
    10 – 17th – DBacks

    Top 10 with RISP, by winning PCT, placement within division –

    1 – AL West (1st place)
    15 – AL East (4th place)
    28 -NL West (4th place)
    9 – NL East (2nd place)
    16 – NL Central (3rd place)
    2 – NL West (1st place)
    12 – AL Central (1st place)
    14 – AL Central (2nd place)
    21 -NL East (last place)
    17 – NL West (3rd place)

    *****************************

    Top 10 in RUNS, team, by placement within majors (winning PCT)-

    (6th and 9th are tied)

    1, 15, 28, 16, 17, 14, 3, 11, 23, 9

    1 – 1st – Rangers
    2 – 15th – Suxers
    3 – 28th – Rockies
    4 – 16th – Cards
    5 – 17th – Jays
    6 – 14th – White Sox
    6 – 3rd place – Yankees
    8 – 11th place – Braves
    9 – 23rd place – Brewers
    9 – 9th place – Mets

    Top 10 with RISP, by winning PCT, placement within division –

    1 – AL West (1st place)
    15 – AL East (4th place)
    28 -NL West (4th place)
    16 – NL Central (3rd place)
    17 – AL East (last place)
    14 – AL Central (2nd place)
    3 – AL East (1st place)
    11 – NL East (3rd place
    23 – NL Central (4th place)
    9 – NL East (2nd place)

    *********************

    Top 10 in ERA – team, by placement within majors (winning PCT) –

    4, 2, 10, 13, 7, 8, 1, 21, 6, 3

    1 – 4th – Nats
    2 – 2nd – Dodgers
    3 – 10th – Angels
    4 – 13th – Pirates
    5 – 7th – Rays
    6 – 8th – Giants
    7 – 1st – Rangers
    8 – 21st – Athletics
    9 – 6th – Reds
    10 – 3rd – NY Yankees

    Top 10 in ERA, by winning PCT, placement within division –

    4 – NL East (1st place)
    2 – NL West (1st place)
    10 – AL West (2nd place)
    13 – NL Central (2nd place)
    7 – Al East (3rd place)
    8 – NL West (2nd place)
    1 – NL East (1st place)
    21 – AL West (3rd place)
    6 – NL Central (1st place)
    3 – Al East (1st place)

  12. bruceb June 21st, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    The mentality of this team that they are accepting the fact that they are HR or bust is the problem. This means any pitcher who keeps the ball in the park beats them.

    A point well made Mr Love. And now even the manager is buying into this nonsense. “We’re a home run ball club” and “a home run is still a hit”. Yes, but that doesn’t mean you don’t take your walks or hit line drive singles. Home runs are so much more significant when you have men on base, as the Braves demonstrated yesterday.

  13. waka flocka June 21st, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Having four (at least three) hitters that range from bad to horrible doesn’t help. On any given night the Yankees are trotting out a combo of Martin/Stewart, Nix/Chavez, Jones and Ibanez. This is a huge issue.

  14. DONNYBROOK June 21st, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    The Last Yankee player that should be swinging for the fences is Rusty Martin, and that guy NOW swings from the heels regardless of whatever the game situation is. I like Martin, but that kinda stuff just is Not his game, and Not good for the Yankee offensive cause 9 times outta 10.

  15. waka flocka June 21st, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    And the notion that the Yankees can choose what kind of hit they produce is funny to me.

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 21st, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    bruceb – a slight problem here. If they have an astronimical number of men LOB – and they do – it means they are getting the hits and are not an HR or bust team. It still gets you to the same place, but you need to analyze it differently.

    The question is this: why is it that when the Yankees have runners on base, they seem to have difficulty bringing them home?

  17. ZMAN June 21st, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Yanks need to move the fences in – it is suppressing the pitchers and compelling the batters to swing for the fences.

    They also need a bat or two in the worst way. Jeter now has a higher OPS than A-Rod.

  18. Shame Spencer June 21st, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Can Jeter and Martin bat 3 and 4 when we face LHP?

    :D

  19. G. Love June 21st, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Most of us aren’t asking the players to be different hitters, we’re asking for the team to find different hitters.

    They’ve built this Hero Ball team and it’s a flaw that hasn’t gotten us deep in the playoffs.

    When you think of 2009 World Series, what play do you think of that helped us win?

    I think of Damon stealing those bags. Then I think Matsui hitting the big HR in the deciding game.

    The team needs balance. The scales are tipped to HR’s so far that they topple when they don’t hit HR’s.

    This problem has been there since last season and all through this season.

    When the pitching is good and HR’s fly out, we win. When the pitching is mortal it’s another story.

    And Martin is swinging for the fences because he knows if he hits 20 HR’s with his defensive intangibles it helps him as a free agent. I remember him with the Dodgers having an approach similar to Jeter hitting line drives to RF and making more contact. Now he’s trying to be Matt Nokes.

    If Gardner comes back, that’s one bat this lineup needs. We still need one more guy who makes contact and isn’t afraid of all the scary men standing on bases every time he comes up.

  20. bruceb June 21st, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Trish – Yanks are first in Home Runs per Game, third in Walks per Game and ninth in hits per game in the MLB. The problem is they’re not getting their hits when they do the most damage. As you have demonstrated, good pitching can make up for poor hitting, but as we know, it’s not going to last forever. The Yanks are built to score runs – and lots of them.

  21. Shame Spencer June 21st, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    G. Love – What people don’t get about the criticisms of the HR focus is that it makes your offense have a one dimensional approach. I just want to see guys making good contact. The runs will come. I don’t understand the purpose of having a manager declare a club an HR team..

    And I don’t ‘worry’ about the offense over 162 games but I will worry about it when we’re looking at facing Verlander twice in a 5 game set.

  22. disco stu June 21st, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Reading these posts you would swear the Yankees had just swapped places with the Red Sox and were a couple of games over .500 and 6 back of the division lead.

    Sometimes I really do think that the biggest gripe people have with these latest Yankee teams is the fact that they are not as efficient and prolific as the late ’90′s Dynasty teams were … well, too bad. That was a golden age for Yankee fans and has been over and done with for over a decade now – despite the fact that they did win the WS 2009 (a fact that seems lost or at least, minimized by many here) and did so with a formula that is very similar to how the Yankees have been winning games in bunches recently – solid starting pitching, lock down bullpen, and overpowering teams with the home run.

    The flip side that no one seems to give the offense credit for is how quickly they can overcome a large deficit or wreck a close game they are winning by cranking 2 or 3 bombs in an eyeblink (sort of how they got back in yesterday’s game) … not many teams can overpower the opposition the way the Yankees can … you combine that with the pitching and that could still be a path to a championship … even if it isnt as nice and pretty as how they won back with Bernie, Tino, Paul, Brosius, etc.

  23. Jerkface June 21st, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    It’d be cool if they hit HRs and also did other things well. It doesn’t have to be either or.

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 21st, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    “It’d be cool if they hit HRs and also did other things well. It doesn’t have to be either or.”

    That’s what they’re trying to figure out.

  25. Jerkface June 21st, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Alot of the mid 00′s yankee teams, and the 2009 team especially, were powerful and hit for a high team average. From 2005 to 2007 the team averaged a .280 avg, with patience, with power. The 2009 team hit .283. The 2007 team hit .290! Average by itself is not a cure all, but combined with patience and power its obviously the best mix.

  26. The Genius Maker June 21st, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I am a fan of lineups that wear out pitchers. I still believe that is a recipe for success as the middle relieving for most teams is an area to exploit. I like patient hitters. Jeter is an odd one in that he swings at the first pitch often and many times has one pitch AB’s, but then he also can have some very long AB’s. Right now we have too many weaker hitters and this hurts the wear down the pitcher approach.

  27. mick June 21st, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    It’s all talk. How do you reconstruct a team overnight?
    You might pickup a piece here or there but this team is pretty inflexible in who they can move.
    Swish would be a logical choice, Gardner would be welcomed back but that’s about it.

  28. DONNYBROOK June 21st, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Girardi’s Popeye Comments, “We are what we are”, or whatever his Exact drivel was this time, do Not sound as if he is attempting to mentally or physically alter the current Yankee approach regarding the RISP BA.

  29. luis June 21st, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    G Love,

    Very good post…the problem is the one dimensional approach. For the team to go deep in the play offs, it needs balance (power, contact, patience and situational hitting approach). A team based on power alone is bound for an early exit. The good thing this team has it’s it’s pitching. Which is fantastic, but for a good run in the PS it needs a good and balanced offense, unless they pitch their minds of.

  30. tomingeorgia June 21st, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Miz trisha,
    Thanks for your wellwishes. Mister mick, too, if he’s around.

  31. luis June 21st, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    By the way, It´s great to hear they are sending Austin to the futures game.

  32. The Genius Maker June 21st, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Come post season we will need a bench that can be used as a strength. This means some platoon guys and a speed guy used for pinch running at a critical point. You won’t need so many pitchers (but most definitely need two lefties)

    In the postseason I would have an olympic sprinter who has been taught how to run the bases, a lefty killer and a righty killer.

  33. blake June 21st, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    “I am a fan of lineups that wear out pitchers. I still believe that is a recipe for success as the middle relieving for most teams is an area to exploit. ”

    Bad pitchers are a lot easier to wear down than good pitchers….

  34. DONNYBROOK June 21st, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Sounds like Charlie Finley is posting on this Blog.

  35. ZMAN June 21st, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    There are 8 teams who have more hits than the Yankees

    They are 4 teams tied with the Yankees with 603 hits. So they are 8-12th in hits. But tied for 2nd with STL for OBP.

    Theyare 10th in doubles, last in triples. 25th in steals. 11th in batting average.

    And the teams we’ll be competing with – BOS, DET, TEX, LAA – rank favorably in most offensive categories as well. (LAA will end up shooting up these rankings in the summer now that Trout is there and Pujols has heated up)

    We are a HR or walk team

  36. blake June 21st, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    They need to get Gardner back and ideally add a corner outfielder that will push Swisher to DH in the playoff lineup…..Choo would be perfect but probably unavailable or too costly.

  37. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Good afternoon.-

    Why can’t Hughes put away batters after getting ahead? from RABs today.

    Maybe this article will answer, or not, why one day Hughes is terrific and another not very good.

    http://riveraveblues.com/tag/phil-hughes/

    “One result of Hughes’s control is that he often works ahead in the count. He has faced 341 hitters this year, of which 83 have gone to an 0-2 count. That’s 24.3 percent of all hitters he’s faced. The AL average is just 19.3 percent of all PA. Yet hitters have had a field day once they’re this far behind. The average AL hitter has a .166 BA and .250 SLG in PA when they’ve seen an 0-2 count. In PA when Hughes has gotten ahead 0-2 hitters have a .253 BA and .494 SLG. Even worse, when the count is 0-2 AL hitters have a .146 BA and .222 SLG. Against Hughes with an 0-2 count they have a .294 BA and — I’m not even kidding — a .618 SLG.”

  38. GreenBeret7 June 21st, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    The Yankees haven’t exactly been facing a bunch of rummies the last 12 games. They’ve managed to wear them down pretty well.

  39. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Blake-

    No Choo. Think smaller. Probably Juan Pierre! :)

  40. luis June 21st, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Tom,

    Didn´t know….Happy 21th ;) birthday my friend!!

  41. bruceb June 21st, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    disco stu June 21st, 2012 at 1:40 pm
    Reading these posts you would swear the Yankees had just swapped places with the Red Sox and were a couple of games over .500 and 6 back of the division lead.

    I like to think we have higher standards than the Sux. We all know that the Yankees are a good team with good hitters, good starting pitchers and good relievers. It’s just that “good” simply isn’t “good enough” around here. The Yankees are all about “great” and “legendary.” The question is this: are we good enough to win a 28th World Series this year? I think the general consensus the way the team is currently constructed is that the answer is “probably not.”

  42. GreenBeret7 June 21st, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    GCL Yankee pitching staff has a no hitter going through 8 innings.

  43. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Tom-

    Happy Birthday. Hope you are physically, if not mentally, back to normal!

  44. UnKnown June 21st, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Oswalt’s first start Friday, I hope the Rockies can welcome him rudely into the 2012 season.

  45. The Genius Maker June 21st, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Against Hughes with an 0-2 count they have a .294 BA and — I’m not even kidding — a .618 SLG.”
    *******

    This is because he doesn’t have a pitch to put people away with and if his command is off he can’t paint the corner to make good pitches. people talk about his stuff, but honestly it is just decent. The two main ingredients to pitch are speed, movement and placement. Most people don’t put speed into the mix, but a 98 MPH fastball is tougher to hit than a 92 MPH fastball and the same for an 89 mph slider compared to a 84 MPH slider.

  46. The Genius Maker June 21st, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I should have said the three main ingredients, but most people talk about the two

  47. blake June 21st, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    “Most people don’t put speed into the mix, but a 98 MPH fastball is tougher to hit than a 92 MPH fastball and the same for an 89 mph slider compared to a 84 MPH slider.”

    To me it seems most all people do put speed into the equation….they just forget about location and movement and how other pitches affect that speed. …

    Take Kimbrel for example…..his slider when its on makes him unhittable because you have to respect that in the back of your mind…..then he comes with 98 and its by you…..or you look fastball and are swinging over a slider.

  48. GreenBeret7 June 21st, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Jose Ramirez has been activated off of the Tampa DL

  49. G. Love June 21st, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    At the same token I really don’t care for the responses that people who see this offense as one dimensional are a bunch of ingrate spoiled fans.

    You think this offense is perfect that’s your right. Support it.

    A lot of us have seen this script with this team and it’s been building for years. Tex has dropped from a .290 hitter to a .240-.250 hitter who just wants to yank it out of the park. Swisher is up there playing the bottom of the 9th wiffle ball championship in every at bat with runners on. Even Arod and Cano seem to be swinging for all or nothing with runners on. Martin definitely does to.

    There’s a flaw with this team. They don’t hit for average anymore and they don’t hit for it at all when runners are on.

    If the pitching is stellar it usually won’t matter. But these guys can’t be expected to roll like they did for the 10 game streak all summer long without hiccups.

    The offense has to pick them up some nights when they are off.

    The thing about the past 2 losses is the first loss shouldn’t have been a loss. They should’ve blown the game open with all the runners on vs. Venters in the 7th inning but they showed the same predilection to not get the hit or do anything positive with outs there.

    Yesterday our pitching did us in. Hughes and the bullpen had a bad day. I don’t expect to come back all the time. Yesterday was an acceptable loss. The game before was a loss because unless we HR, we can’t plate runs.

  50. GreenBeret7 June 21st, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Amazing for a pitcher that’s averaging 9 strikeouts per 9 and doing it without a putaway pitch. Must be using hynosis or mirrors.

  51. GreenBeret7 June 21st, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    GCL Yanks lost the no hitter on 3 hits and a run in the 9th inning.

  52. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    From the same article:

    “Hughes is, by statistical standards, turning in a unique season. Looking at all pitchers with at least 50 IP from 1901 to 2012, only three other pitchers have had a K/BB ratio of 3.5 or greater, with a HR/9 of 2.0 or greater. The other three aren’t exactly power pitchers, though. If we look at pitchers with a K/9 of more than 8.5 per nine and a BB/9 of lower than 2.5 per nine, Hughes stands alone. Yes, using a mere 50 IP qualifier, he is the only pitcher in modern history to feature his current statistical profile.”

  53. luis June 21st, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Trader,

    Thanks for the link….Very interesting read…I do agree with the head scout, it is a process…He is incorporating and improving his other offerings and the incremental results are there…But when he doesn´t have his good FB, he has very little to fall back on and you get clunkers like yesterday…IMO, he needs to incorporate either a two seamer or a splitter. In will help him in two ways different ways:

    The two seamer will allow him to be more economical and go deeper in games and it would help make his Fb more effective as well. The Splitty will give him a true put away pitch for those 0-2 counts.

  54. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    The lack of speed has hurt the team in close games. Even if Gardner returns, he might not be able to steal head first for fear of reinjuring his right elbow.

    GB- You mentioned Abraham Almonte who leads the Thunder in doubles and stolen bases. Might it be worth a chance to promote him from AA to man the outfield, and let Ibanez, who has not hit well in the last month or more, go back to DH.

  55. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Luis- Can’t learn a splitter with stubby fingers. Maybe Kuroda can teach him the shuto, the Japanese version of the screwball! :)

  56. Yankee Trader June 21st, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Blake-

    Since pitchers after TJ are usually better, the Yankees wil be getting back both Aardsma and Joba, both who have been clocked at 100 mph at a different time in their career, both with a slider.

    We might be getting Kimbrel X 2, just not the real thing.

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