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Hard work breeds success for Tyler Austin

09/16/2013 1:56 PM ET
By Matt Stucko
Anyone who has ever seen Yankees' outfield prospect Tyler Austin on a baseball field will probably tell you that he plays harder than all but a few others in the game – and as you can see in the below video, he'll tell you the same.

Austin, the Yankees’ 13th-round draft pick in 2010, burst onto the prospect scene in a big way in 2012, hitting .322 with 17 homers and 80 RBI, earning a selection to Team USA in the 2012 Futures Game (which he missed due to a concussion) and being promoted twice – first from Class-A Charleston to Class-A Advanced Tampa and then from Tampa to Double-A Trenton – during the season.

Thanks to a wrist injury that nagged him for most of the year, Austin had a down season in 2013, hitting just .265 with 17 doubles, six homers, and 40 RBI in 85 games, but he still helped lead Trenton to the Eastern League championship; after returning from injury, Austin hit .304 with four RBI in the postseason as the Thunder went a perfect 6-0 en route to the title, and the freshly-turned 22-year-old will now be headed to the Arizona Fall League to try to continue that success.

Austin is a name to get to know if you haven’t already, and in the videos below, he discusses his thoughts on the 2013 postseason – which saw him win his second championship in three full pro seasons.

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