Tuesday, July 3, 2012
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Tyler Austin is off to Tampa. The former Heritage standout, who has shined in his third season in the New York Yankees organization, was promoted from low-Single-A Charleston to high-Single-A Tampa on Tuesday.
It's a well-deserved promotion for Austin. The 20-year-old, who was drafted in the 13th round (415th overall) by the Yankees in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft after a stellar high school career in Conyers, was hitting .320 (85-for-266) with team-highs in home runs (14), slugging percentage (.598) and doubles (22), along with 54 RBIs and a .405 on-base percentage for Charleston of the South Atlantic League.
That landed Austin a spot on the South Atlantic League all-star team, where he tripled and scored a run June 19.
Austin, who batted in the middle of the Charleston order and played right field, will compete with six other outfielders, including former first-round draft pick Slade Heathcott, for playing time with Tampa.
Tampa, which is tied for first place in the early going of the second half of the Florida State League North Division, wrapped up a three-game series with the Dunedin Blue Jays on Tuesday.