Thursday, July 5, 2012
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It's been quite a 2012 season for Tyler Austin, and things got even better this past week. The former Heritage High School stand out was selected for the Future's Game during Major League Baseball's All Star Week in Kansas City.
The game will be played on Sunday -- two days before baseball's annual midsummer classic -- at 5 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2 and MLB.TV.
The 20-year old Austin, in his third season in the New York Yankees organization, has certainly earned the honor. Playing for the low-Single-A Charleston RiverDogs and high-Single-A Tampa Yankees, Austin has shined. In 70 games for Charleston, Austin hit .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 the South Atlantic League club.
He was promoted to Tampa of the Florida State League on Tuesday.
"We've got a lot of prospects on that Charleston club, and he's stepped up and so far had the biggest season out of that group of guys," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told mlb.com at the time of the announcement.
Each big league organization has at least one player selected for the Future's Game, which will be played at Kauffman Stadium.
Austin, who was a minor league all star for the first time and tripled and scored in the 53rd South Atlantic League All-Star game June 19, will play for the United States team against the World Team.