Tyler Austin is a top five prospect in the Yankees organization, and yet he has very little power for a corner outfielder. He's still young at 21, so there's still time, but it doesn't look promising. Not helping is the fact that he plays in some of the most pitcher friendly parks in the minor leagues.
Since 2012 he's played for the Charleston RiverDogs, Tampa Yankees and Trenton Thunder. According to StatCorner none of these ballparks are friendly to right-handed hitters. The Joe, where the RiverDogs play, has a right-handed Park Factor of 66 for home runs and 89 for doubles. George M. Steinbrenner Field, where the Tampa Yankees play, has a right-handed Park Factor of 61 for home runs and 105 for doubles. Arm & Hammer Park, where the Thunder play, has a right-handed Park Factor of 83 for home runs and 82 for doubles. Basically, his home ballparks for the last two seasons suppress right-handed offense.
In 2012 Austin hit .322/.400/.559 with 17 home runs between Low-A and High-A. He had a monstrous year last season and managed to hit .292/.385/.492 with five home runs at home, but he also hit .349/.415/.619 with 12 home runs on the road. This season he has a respectable .257/.349/.373 and only six home runs total. At Arm & Hammer he's a .243/.331/.311 hitter with only one home run, but on the road he's hitting .271/.365/.432 with five home runs.
It's obvious that the little power he does have is getting swallowed up in these expansive stadiums and unless he blossoms into a real power threat he might not ever show sufficient numbers in the minors. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders play at PNC Field, which is not much better, sitting at a 95 for home runs and doubles for right-handed hitters. On top of that, as a right-handed hitter in Yankee Stadium, he wouldn't even be able to take advantage of the short porch in right field.
Tyler Austin has a lot going against him, but in the end his talent is going to have to shine through if he's going to make it because he's not getting any help.
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