Tyler Austin
Tyler Austin
27-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Minnesota Twins
2018 Fantasy Outlook
While the rest of the Baby Bombers took over in 2017, it's starting to look like one former highly-touted Yankees prospects will be left behind. Austin had a respectable campaign with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, slashing .275/.342/.544 with 10 home runs in just 47 games, but the 26-year-old appeared in only 20 games in the majors and hit just .225 with 17 strikeouts in 40 at-bats. The bigger problem is that with crowded organizational depth at both first base and in the outfield, there just doesn't look to be an obvious spot for Austin on the major-league roster. If Austin does get a chance in 2018, it will likely be as a short-end platoon bat; he's crushed southpaws in his brief MLB career to the tune of a .361/.432/.722 line, but his numbers against righties have been poor. Read Past Outlooks
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$Traded to the Twins in July of 2018.
Rejoins lineup Tuesday
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September 18, 2018
Austin (back) is hitting fifth and serving as the designated hitter Tuesday against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Austin will only be forced to miss one game after injuring his back during Sunday's series finale against the Royals. The 27-year-old, who is hitting .224/.287/.518 with eight homers in 24 games since joining the Twins, will face lefty Daniel Norris in his return to action.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+42%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+193%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+77%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .941 133 14 11 27 1 .272 .353 .588
Since 2016vs Right .663 229 23 12 28 1 .205 .249 .414
2018vs Left .840 89 7 7 15 1 .231 .315 .526
2018vs Right .732 137 19 9 20 0 .219 .263 .469
2017vs Left 1.258 17 4 2 7 0 .385 .412 .846
2017vs Right .429 29 0 0 1 0 .148 .207 .222
2016vs Left 1.097 27 3 2 5 0 .348 .444 .652
2016vs Right .621 63 4 3 7 1 .200 .238 .383
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+325%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+163%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .870 186 24 13 30 2 .265 .323 .547
Since 2016Away .646 176 13 10 25 0 .189 .250 .396
2018Home .886 117 18 8 19 1 .271 .325 .561
2018Away .653 109 8 8 16 0 .172 .239 .414
2017Home .220 14 0 0 0 0 .077 .143 .077
2017Away .936 32 4 2 8 0 .296 .344 .593
2016Home 1.004 55 6 5 11 1 .300 .364 .640
2016Away .382 35 1 0 1 0 .152 .200 .182
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How does Tyler Austin compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.19
 
BB Rate
7.1%
 
K Rate
37.2%
 
BABIP
.278
 
ISO
.267
 
AVG
.223
 
OBP
.283
 
SLG
.490
 
OPS
.773
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2013
A flurry of midseason moves led to the Yankees calling up Austin sooner than many expected, and Austin made an impressive debut with a home run in his first big league at-bat. While he ultimately struggled for much of the campaign, the 25-year-old was able to head into the offseason on a high note with a strong final week. The biggest concern going forward will be strikeouts -- an issue he struggled with to a degree in the minors -- as he whiffed an astounding 40 percent of the time in the majors. Austin mostly played right field and some first base in the minors, but there doesn't appear to be any clear openings at either position in New York's regular lineup. He should get chances against lefties, against whom he posted a .348 average and 1.097 OPS against last year, but it's tough for any player to make a big impact in a short-end platoon role.
An unheralded, 13th-round pick out of high school in 2010, Austin made a name for himself in his third professional season in 2012 by slashing .322/.400/.559 with 17 homers and 80 RBI across four levels, culminating in his promotion to Double-A Trenton late in the year. He hasn't advanced since. To be fair, his struggles in 2013 can be attributed at least in part to the wrist injury he suffered in July, and it's reasonable to wonder if the issue may have lingered into 2014. Austin posted a .679 OPS with just eight extra-base hits (one homer) over the first two months of the season, but his performance improved as the season progressed and he really turned it on after the All-Star break (.336/.397/.557). The Yankees tried him out at first base (19 games) and at third (eight games), perhaps foreshadowing an eventual move from right field, but Austin still has plenty more to prove in the upper levels of the minors before he gets an extended audition with the big club.
Austin lost a bit of his prospect luster in 2013, hitting just .257 with six homers and four steals in Double-A after putting up solid power and speed numbers the previous two years. Austin was held back by a wrist injury all year, however, and while he's still got plenty of all-around upside, the injury flared up again later in the year, forcing Austin off of his Arizona Fall League roster. Austin may repeat Double-A in 2014, and if he can show that he's over his wrist issues, he could play his way right back into the Yankees' plans for 2015.
Austin zoomed up prospect lists with a strong 2012 season, hitting .322 with a .960 OPS and stealing 23-of-25 bases across four levels. Austin shows very good bat speed, average to above average power, and a solid approach at the plate. He currently plays right field, but may profile at first base down the line (which could make him trade bait, as the Yankees still have Mark Teixeira in the fold for four more seasons). Austin is unlikely to be a superstar, but profiles as a regular major leaguer who can help fantasy teams if he reaches something close to his ceiling. He'll start 2013 at Double-A Trenton.
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Dealing with back injury
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September 17, 2018
Austin is not in the lineup Monday against the Tigers due to a back injury, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Not in lineup Monday
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September 17, 2018
Austin is not starting Monday against Detroit, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Not in Saturday's lineup
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September 15, 2018
Austin is out of the lineup for Saturday's game at Kansas City, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Back on bench Wednesday
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September 12, 2018
Austin is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Returns to lineup Tuesday
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September 11, 2018
Austin (back) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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