Austin Wells

C / N.Y. Yankees / EXP: YRS / MINORS Height: Weight: lb Age: College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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  • 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. Wells went 1-for-12 in the first three games after his promotion to High-A, but he seems to be acclimating pretty quickly now. However, after putting up a 51:62 BB:K in Low-A, he's at just 3:15 so far for Hudson Valley. That's something for him to work on, but Wells has a highly intriguing bat regardless of what position he eventually lands at. He certainly hasn't shown very well behind the dish, committing 11 passed balls while throwing out just 11.8 percent of base stealers, so it seems likely that the Yankees will look to find him a new position eventually.

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  • Wells is hitting .271/.392/.464 with five home runs, seven steals, 39 RBI and 39 runs across 42 games for Low-A Tampa. As a first-round pick from last year, this season marks Wells' debut in pro ball. The most notable part of his stat line so far is that he's shown an excellent approach at the plate with a 31:45 BB:K, and sustaining that will be key as he moves up the ladder in the Yankees' organization. Wells also isn't widely expected to stick at catcher, as his bat is his calling card.

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  • 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. The first-round pick in the 2020 first-year player draft is kicking off his professional career in Low-A ball, but he could rise through the system quickly if he continues at his current torrid pace. There is little doubt that Wells' bat will play in the big leagues, so his timeframe for reaching the majors could depend on how quickly he develops defensively.

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