Tyler Austin to play in Futures Game
Yankees outfield prospect Tyler Austin was selected to play for the United States team in the 2012 Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game July 8 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Competing for Class-A Charleston, the converted corner infielder is batting .336 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs through 58 games in his first season manning the outfield. Last season in Staten Island, Austin was .354-6-36 and general manager Brian Cashman has since raved about the 20-year-old.
Austin was the Yankees’ 13th-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft as a third baseman and was subsequently bumped to the outfield by the emergence of 2011 pick (51st overall) Dante Bichette Jr. He will suit up and compete for George Brett, the manager of Team USA, and the World Team managed by former Yankee Bernie Williams.
Follow Jon Lane on Twitter: @JonLaneNYC