A flurry of midseason moves led to the Yankees calling up Tyler 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.
Austin (foot) will progress from a scooter to a walking boot Monday as he aims for a return sometime in May, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. With the offseason acquisition of Chris Carter and a dominant spring from Greg Bird (.432 AVG, six home runs, 11 RBI), Austin may be destined for the minors upon his return. Nonetheless, this is an incremental step in the recovery process and his current projected return date wouldn't put him too far behind the other hitters. After appearing in 31 games for the Yankees last year, expect the highly-touted prospect to make a return to the majors at some point this season.
Austin suffered a small fracture in his foot, and he'll need a boot for three weeks and six weeks without baseball activities, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. His playing time avenues were already limited after the Yanks' signing of Chris Carter. Austin may be ticketed for Triple-A if he can start the season healthy. AL-only fantasy players can monitor his progress to consider him as an option to stash, but dominoes will have to fall for him to have an impact early this season.
Austin went 2-for-4 with an RBi single and solo homer in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Orioles. The rookie started the Yankees' comeback from a 3-0 deficit with a run-scoring single in the fifth that plated Chase Headley and added a 393-foot solo shot in the seventh that knotted the game up at 3-3. Austin has hits in three of his last four and a pair of homers over that span.
Austin is in the lineup Thursday against the Red Sox. Austin has been sharing time at first bast with Mark Teixeira lately, but will get the nod to start and hit ninth Thursday night. For the year, Austin has posted an underwhelming .230 batting average over 27 games.
Austin went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's 6-4 victory over the Red Sox. Austin's sixth-inning two-run shot off David Price broke a 4-4 tie and provided the winning margin. The rookie first baseman has been batting in the bottom third of the order despite displaying solid power with four homers in his first 79 plate appearances. He'll have to cut down on an astronomical 39.2 percent strikeout rate if he wants to find long-term success though.