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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Heating up in Double-A

    Wells has gone 6-for-16 (.375) with two homers, seven RBI and a steal across his last four games for Double-A Somerset. Overall, Wells has put up good-but-not-great stats in Double-A to this point, posting a .259/.346/.441 line with seven home runs and two steals across 36 games. He performed far better in the lower minors, putting up a .950 OPS in Single-A and a 1.004 mark in High-A, and it seems like his bat may now be heating back up in Double-A after he slumped through much of August (.169/.279/.288 in the first 15 games of the month).
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Makes jump to Double-A

    The Yankees promoted Wells from Single-A Tampa to Double-A Somerset on Tuesday. Wells opened the season at High-A Hudson Valley, but he's made his last nine appearances with Tampa after the Yankees opted to keep him with the affiliate following the conclusion of his rehab assignment for a groin injury that kept him sidelined for about five weeks. Between the two affiliates, Wells slashed .304/.425/.568, and he'll now make a two-level jump as he joins Somerset in the aftermath of fellow catching prospect Josh Breaux receiving a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Though Wells' bat should eventually allow him to get a look in the big leagues down the road, he needs more defensive polish and could be moved off the catcher position if he doesn't show more improvement behind the dish in the higher levels of the minors.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Reinstated from injured list

    Wells (groin) was reinstated from the 7-day injured list and transferred to Single-A Tampa on Friday, Matt Kardos of MLB.com reports. Wells began the 2022 season at High-A Hudson Valley and slashed .323/.429/.576 with six homers, 21 runs, 16 RBI and nine stolen bases. However, he'll head to Tampa for the minor-league equivalent of a rehab assignment after spending just over a month on the injured list due to a right groin injury.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Still out with groin injury

    Wells is sidelined at High-A Hudson Valley with a groin injury, Baseball America reports. He took a foul tip to his right groin area while catching against Brooklyn on May 17 and has not returned. Wells was due for a promotion prior to the injury, having hit .323/.429/.576 with six home runs and a 22.7 K% in 28 games.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Placed on injured list

    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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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Impressing in High-A ball

    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. The 28th overall pick in the 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Wells swatted 16 homers and stole 16 bases across two minor-league levels in 2021. He has continued to display an impressive mix of power and base-stealing acumen while boosting his batting average this season. Wells is 24-for-24 in stolen base attempts throughout his professional career, which is especially eye-opening considering his position. However, it remains uncertain whether he'll actually stick at catcher by the time he reaches the big leagues.
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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Warming up in High-A

    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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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Productive in Low-A ball

    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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  • Yankees' Austin Wells: Off to hot start in minors

    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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