Austin Wells

22-Year-Old CatcherC
New York Yankees A+
7-Day IL
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 5/25/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Wells performed to his usual high standards as an older player (turned 22 in July) at Low-A and High-A, hitting .264/.390/.476 with 16 home runs, a 24.9 K% and a 15.1 BB%. He finished the season even stronger, slashing .344/.456/.578 with two home runs, a 20.3 K% and a 16.5 BB% in 18 Arizona Fall League games. His all-fields approach and ability to get the ball in the air were what made him such an appealing draft prospect in 2020 (No. 28 overall pick), and those traits are as strong as ever. If Wells projected as as strong defensive catcher, he would be very highly ranked on real-life lists, but as things stand, only the Yankees express any belief in his ability to stick there. Left field, first base and designated hitter are all possible landing spots if he moves off the position, and his left-handed power would play quite well in Yankee Stadium. Look for him to spend most of the season at Double-A. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a $2.5 million contract with the Yankees in June of 2020.
Placed on injured list
CNew York Yankees  A+
May 18, 2022
Wells was placed on the 7-day minor-league injured list for an undisclosed reason Wednesday, Conor Foley of The Scranton Times-Tribune reports.
Wells got off to a hot start at High-A Hudson Valley this year, slashing .323/.429/.576 with six home runs, seven doubles, 21 runs, 16 RBI and nine runs. While the nature of his injury isn't yet clear, he'll be forced to spend at least a week on the shelf.
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
Wells might be the fourth-best college hitter from last year's draft, but he fell to the Yankees with the No. 28 pick due to concerns about his defense behind the plate. The draft-eligible sophomore has a very pretty left-handed swing that would fit nicely in Yankee Stadium. He raked at Arizona and in the summer of 2019, he hit .308/.389/.526 with seven home runs in 42 games with a wood bat in the Cape Cod League. They are different hitters and Wells is a better athlete, but there are similarities to Kyle Schwarber, as nobody questions whether Wells' bat will play, but he is a shaky defensive catcher who may fit better in left field or at first base. There is some swing-and-miss in his game, but he still walked more than he struck out in college. The Yankees maintain he will be developed as a catcher, but for fantasy it would be preferable for him to move to left field to expedite his ascent to the majors.
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Impressing in High-A ball
CNew York Yankees  A+
May 11, 2022
Wells is slashing .325/.421/1.009 with five home runs, 14 RBI and eight stolen bases through 22 games with High-A Hudson Valley.
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Warming up in High-A
CNew York Yankees  A+
August 14, 2021
Wells has gone 10-for-30 (.333) with a homer, a double and a triple across his last seven games for High-A Hudson Valley.
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Productive in Low-A ball
CNew York Yankees  A+
June 30, 2021
Wells is hitting .271/.392/.464 with five home runs, seven steals, 39 RBI and 39 runs across 42 games for Low-A Tampa.
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Off to hot start in minors
CNew York Yankees  A+
May 6, 2021
Wells has gone 4-for-9 with a home run, five RBI, five runs and a stolen base through two games with Low-A Tampa.
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Invited to big-league camp
CNew York Yankees  A+
February 17, 2021
The Yankees announced Wednesday that Wells received an invitation to big-league camp as a non-roster invitee.
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