Tyler Austin
Tyler Austin
28-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Unable to find a regular spot with the Yankees, Austin was traded to Minnesota. He hit 17 home runs with a .767 OPS in about equal time between the two teams. While he improved against right-handed pitching last season (.721 OPS), he's had big platoon splits in his career (.664 OPS vs RHP). He also needs to cut down on his strikeouts (35.4%) to avoid being a batting average risk. His outfield defense is also poor, which limits his ability to get into the lineup. His power is legit (.212 ISO), however, which will give him fantasy value if he finds any kind of regular role, most likely on the short side of a platoon at 1B or at DH, if Nelson Cruz suffers an injury. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers in August of 2019.
Makes wild-card roster
1BMilwaukee Brewers
October 1, 2019
Austin is on the Brewers' wild-card roster.
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It's a notable honor for a player who has been designated for assignment twice this season. He could be called on as a power bat off the bench in Tuesday's game against the Nationals.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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2
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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#3
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#5
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+34%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+51%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+193%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .859 228 33 16 43 2 .242 .333 .526
Since 2017vs Right .642 265 35 12 36 1 .193 .253 .389
2019vs Left .813 110 20 6 16 1 .228 .345 .467
2019vs Right .540 69 10 3 8 1 .129 .217 .323
2018vs Left .846 101 9 8 20 1 .236 .307 .539
2018vs Right .721 167 25 9 27 0 .226 .275 .445
2017vs Left 1.258 17 4 2 7 0 .385 .412 .846
2017vs Right .429 29 0 0 1 0 .148 .207 .222
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+325%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .777 244 37 14 37 2 .223 .311 .465
Since 2017Away .704 249 31 14 42 1 .206 .269 .435
2019Home .705 92 15 5 11 1 .182 .315 .390
2019Away .704 87 15 4 13 1 .195 .276 .429
2018Home .878 138 22 9 26 1 .264 .326 .552
2018Away .650 130 12 8 21 0 .193 .246 .403
2017Home .220 14 0 0 0 0 .077 .143 .077
2017Away .936 32 4 2 8 0 .296 .344 .593
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.36
 
BB Rate
13.4%
 
K Rate
37.4%
 
BABIP
.253
 
ISO
.221
 
AVG
.188
 
OBP
.296
 
SLG
.409
 
OPS
.705
 
wOBA
.310
 
Exit Velocity
91.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
43.2%
 
Barrels/PA
7.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2013
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.
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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Hammers three-run homer
1BMilwaukee Brewers
September 8, 2019
Austin hit a pinch-hit three-run homer in Sunday's 8-5 win over the Cubs.
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Not starting Sunday
1BMilwaukee Brewers
September 8, 2019
Austin is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.
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Contract selected by Milwaukee
1BMilwaukee Brewers
September 1, 2019
Austin had his contract selected from Triple-A San Antonio by the Brewers on Sunday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Gets MiLB deal from Milwaukee
1BMilwaukee Brewers
August 13, 2019
Austin and the Brewers agreed to terms Tuesday on a minor-league contract, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Elects free agency
1BFree Agent
August 9, 2019
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