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Tyler Austin

#31 | 1B
Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins
Tyler Austin
Name: Christopher Tyler Austin
Born: Sep 6, 1991 in Conyers, Ga. USA
High School: Heritage HS, Conyers, Ga.
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 13th round (415th overall) by the New York Yankees in 2010 (signed for $130,000)
A longtime fixture on the travel-ball circuit, Kennesaw State recruit Austin was expected to be signable and could go out as high as the fourth round. He compares favorably to Miles Head, the Georgia prep slugger whom the Red Sox signed last year for $335,000. Austin's a similar hitter and is more athletic, with more defensive ability than Head. Austin is rough defensively behind the plate, negating his arm strength, and might be better served by a move to third base or perhaps a corner outfield spot. He has excellent raw pull power and runs well enough for a move to the outfield, though he figures to slow down as he matures and fills out.
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