Three Yankees among MLB's Top 100 prospectsTyler Austin joins Gary Sanchez and Mason Williams on master list
In addition to Gary Sanchez and outfielder Mason Williams, the Yankees also placed outfielder Tyler Austin on MLB.com’s overall list of the Top 100 prospects in baseball. Sanchez, who was the No. 3 catching prospect behind Travis d’Arnaud of the Mets and Seattle’s Mike Zunino, was the highest on the list at No. 36 overall; meanwhile, Williams, who was No. 10 on MLB.com’s list of outfielders and was recently chosen by Baseball America as the Yankees’ best prospect heading into 2013, checked in at No. 41, with Austin ranking No. 75 on the list.
Sanchez, 20, split 2012 between Class-A Charleston and Advanced Class-A Tampa, posting a .297-13-56 line with 11 steals in Charleston (and earning a spot in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game) and a .279-5-29 line for the T-Yanks. Sanchez’s total of 18 homers led all Minor League catchers, and he threw out 30 percent of attempted base stealers as well.
Williams, like Sanchez, split time between Charleston and Tampa, with the 21-year-old also earning an SAL All-Star berth before his season ended due to a shoulder injury. The Yankees’ fourth-round pick in 2010 hit .304 with eight homers, 28 RBI, 19 steals and 19 doubles for the RiverDogs, then hit .277 in 22 games with the T-Yanks before dislocating his shoulder in late-July.
Austin, 21, started the season in Charleston and ended it at Double-A Trenton, with a stop in Tampa, an SAL All-Star berth, and an invite to the 2012 Futures Game coming in between. Over four stops (including a few days rehabbing in the Gulf Coast League), the Yankees’ 13th-round pick in 2010 hit .322 with 17 home runs, 80 RBI, 35 doubles, and a .960 OPS, leading all Baby Bomers in batting average and slugging percentage while finishing second in on-base percentage and third in RBI.
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