PHOENIX – For the second year in a row, it appears that Trenton Thunder outfielder Tyler Austin’s Arizona Fall League season will end early.
Reports have indicated that Austin, who plays for the Yankee-affiliated Scottsdale Scorpions, was carted off the field after a collision with fellow Yankees prospect Greg Bird. Both players were pursuing a foul ball in the right field corner during the second inning of Saturday’s game. I have heard that Austin’s knee is the issue, though one source indicated that it was just a bruise.
With just four games left for Scottsdale, it seems likely that Austin will be shut down as a precaution, even if he is deemed healthy enough to play at some point this week.
Austin’s bat has been hot all fall long, and he likely finishes the offseason with a .304/.392/.449 batting line through 19 games. The 23-year-old displayed some of the power that put him on the prospect map two years ago, as he hit a pair of home runs and drove in 13 runs. He remains a leading candidate to be added to the New York Yankees’ 40-man roster in the weeks leading up to Major League Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings.
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