Austin plays, singles in minor league ASG

Tyler Austin’s minor league all star game debut went perfectly. The Heritage High School graduate had a single in his only trip to the plate and played a total of three innings in Wednesday’s Eastern League All-Star Game at New Britain Stadium.

Austin, playing for the East team, came into the game in the top of the seventh replacing starting left fielder Brad Glenn, a Toronto Bluejays farmhand. Facing Edwin Quirarte (San Francisco Giants) in the bottom of the seventh, Austin singled to center field, allowing Boston Redsox minor leaguer Michael Almanzar to go from first base to third. The 21-year old Austin was later part of an inning-ending double play at second base.

Austin played three innings in the field, but didn’t have any defensive chances in left.

Though it was his first game action as a minor league all star, it was the second consecutive season he was named an all-star selection. Playing for Single-A Charleston in 2012, Austin was named to the South Atlantic League all-star team, but couldn’t play due to injury. The right fielder/designated hitter went on to hit .320 and was selected as the New York Yankees’ minor league player of the year.