Last week we saw Tyler Austin, Gary Sanchez and Mason Williams get a nod from Baseball America on their top 20 prospects list for the SAL. Today they released their list for the FSL, which included Austin and Sanchez again, at numbers eight and nine respectively. Slade Heathcott (seventeenth) and Nik Turley (eighteenth) joined their Tampa Yankees teammates on the list as well. Marlins pitching prospect Jose Fernandez got the top spot on the list with Gerrit Cole coming in second.
Austin has been praised for his 2012 season, which is well-deserved as he started the year strong in Charleston and didn’t let up until he was finally sidelined with an injury in the Eastern League playoffs. The list and scouting reports were put together by J.J. Cooper, who had some different perspectives than Bill Ballew did on the SAL list. While Ballew focused on Austin’s makeup and “gamer mentality,” Cooper focuses on the outfielder’s ability to make adjustments between at-bats and his smart baserunning abilities, considering Austin has average speed. He also notes that Austin appears to have found his stride in the outfield, having started as a catcher.
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