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Winter league notes: Tyler Austin pulled from Arizona Fall League

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 24, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have pulled Tyler Austin out of the Arizona Fall League because of ongoing discomfort in his wrist.

“It is not 100% and we we rather he rest it,” vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman said in an email.

Austin went on the Double-A disabled list in the middle of July. He returned on August 31, and he played all six games of the Eastern League playoffs — he actually hit .304/.360/.478 during the playoffs — and the Yankees felt he was healthy enough to get some more at-bats in the Fall League.

He was pulled back after playing just four games, all of them at first base. Austin hit .333/.438/.500 during his brief Fall League stint.

A few other minor notes from offseason leagues…

AlmonteZoilo Almonte has gotten started in the Dominican Winter League, and he homered in each of his first two games. He also had five hits in his first three games as the regular left fielder for Aguilas Cibaenas. He’s the first Yankees position player with big league experience to get in a winter league game this offseason.

• Playing almost exclusively in right field — with one game in left — Ronnier Mustelier is hitting .250/.375/.281 through his first 32 at-bats in Mexico. He had three walks in one game, which has helped push his on-base percentage so high, but he didn’t have an extra-base hit until a double on Tuesday.

• Speaking of upper-level outfielder, Adonis Garcia is off to a nice start in Venezuela. He’s started seven games and has a hit in each of them. After playing third base in each of his first two games this offseason, Garcia has moved primarily back into the outfield. His only other times in the infield have been after a late-inning switch to adjust for a pinch hitter. He’s hit cleanup once and homered in that game.

PIrela• Last night gave utility man Jose Pirela three straight games with a double in Venezuela. He also has a seven-game hitting streak. He’s basically split his time among second base, left field and designated hitter. Pirela’s never been a huge prospect, but he’s hit pretty well the last couple of years. If he were good enough in the field to legitimately play shortstop, his opportunities would undoubtedly be better.

• Back in the Fall League, the two remaining Yankees position players — Mason Williams and Peter O’Brien — are off to generally slow starts with some positive production as well. Williams is hitting just .237 through 38 at-bats, but he does have a five-game hitting streak, plus three walks in his past two games. O’Brien, who’s still splitting time between third base and catcher, has five hits in eight games. But three of those hits have been homers. He’s tied for second in the AFL in home runs.

NunoVidal Nuno‘s second Fall League start might have been worse than his first. He did last four innings on Saturday — didn’t get out of the third inning in his first start — but he allowed four earned runs on seven hits. He has an 8.10 ERA down there. It’s a hitter’s league, but Nuno is also one of the most advanced pitchers in the league. Granted, it’s only two starts.

• Class-A reliever Brett Gerritse allowed four runs on four hits in his first two Fall League outings. Since then, he’s delivered two straight two-inning, hitless performances. … Lefty Fred Lewis has thrown 5.1 scoreless innings in the Fall League. He has seven strikeouts, but also four walks. … The other Yankees pitcher in Arizona is James Pazos, who pitched a perfect inning last night and has seven strikeouts, four walks and three hits through 4.2 innings. All three of those hits came in one rocky outing.




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