One of the New York Yankees top prospects, Tyler Austin, is hoping to make an impact on the roster after spending the season in Double-A Trenton.
The outfielder played through a bone contusion and strained ligaments in his right wrist last season, unsurprisingly failing to make an impact.
Austin managed a .257 and six homers in 83 games; well below the expected stats for one of the Yankees top prospects.
Now fully recovered from his injuries, the 22-year-old is ready to put last season behind him. Austin thinks his time in Double-A has served as a harsh lesson.
"I went in [to Double-A], I don't know, not as humble as I should have been and got my butt kicked, to say the least," Austin told reporters. "I definitely learned a lot, and I'm excited to get back and see that again."
Austin is already been through a lot in his tender years, overcoming testicular cancer as a 17-year-old to become one of the MLB's top prospects.
Although humbled by Double-A pitchers last season, Austin is remaining positive and hopes to take that positivity in to the new season.
"It's been a process, but I'm finally starting to learn and understand the things that I need to do in that aspect of the game to be a better player and a better person on and off the field," Austin said.
He will head to spring training with fellow prospect Mason Williams with the hope of gathering some valuable experience from the Yankees veterans.
"We know the ability that we have. We all know that we can play. If we couldn't play, we wouldn't be here," Austin said. "We have a great staff in there that's trying everything in their power to help us get to the big leagues. We don't think about [the criticism] at all. We just need to go out and play and relax and have fun."
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