It’s been quite a 2012 season for Tyler Austin, and things got even better Thursday. The former Heritage High School stand out was selected for next month’s Future’s Game during the Major League Baseball All Star Week in Kansas City.
The game will be played on the Sunday before baseball’s annual mid-summer classic, July 8 at 5:00 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 Single-A Charleston RiverDogs, Austin has shined batting in the middle of the order and playing right field. In 58 games coming into Thursday’s contest with Greenville, Austin is hitting .336 (76-for-226) with team-highs in home runs (14), RBIs (50), doubles (20) and total bases (148), while putting together a .409 on-base percentage and .655 slugging percentage.
"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.
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 Tuesday’s 53rd South Atlantic League all star game, will play for the United States team against the World Team.