Austin Focused On Defense

Tyler Austin hit a combined .354 and posted a .997 OPS between the Gulf Coast League and Staten Island this past season while splitting time between first base and third base. While he knows he still has work to do with the bat to have the same success at the higher minor league levels, he is focused solely on improving his defensive game at Instructs and in the offseason.

"I thought the year went really well," Tyler Austin said. "As everybody saw we came out with a big win at the end of the year. It was a great feeling. Overall I'd say the season went really well."

What a difference a year makes. It was barely over a year ago when he went down with a broken hand shortly after signing and in one short year he hit as well as he did, and brought home two championships to boot.

"Last year was a struggle," he said. "I was out for 16 weeks and missed all of the GCL season after I signed. I missed Instructs, Dominican [Instructs], all of that stuff.

"Coming back this year and having a pretty good year I'd say, it's great. I couldn't believe I came out here and did what I did this year. I still have a lot of work to do."

His offensive success -- hitting 18 doubles and six home runs in just 47 games for example -- came as a surprise to him given his long layoff and the fact that 2011 was his essentially his professional debut season.

"Of course I was, I was really surprised I came out here and did what I did," he said. "It was a lot of hard work in between seasons but yeah, I was surprised with everything that happened."

Offensively he says there's not much he would change about his 2011 season. Defensively, however, is another story.

"Defensively I still have a ways to go," he admitted. "I still have a lot of work to do defensively and offensively, but mostly on defense at both first and third.

"I'm here [at Instructs] to work mostly on defensive stuff. I still have some offensive things to work on and improve on."

The slow roller plays, the back-handed plays, ranging laterally, they're all things he would like to improve on going forward.

"Plays in general – I struggle with everything just about," he said. "I'm working hard though to do everything right. I'm working on everything on the defensive side.

"I don't mind either position. I feel more comfortable at third base right now because I've been playing it a lot more."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I thought the year went really well,\" Tyler Austin said. \"As everybody saw we came out with a big win at the end of the year. It was a great feeling. Overall I'd say the season went really well.\"
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\r\nWhat a difference a year makes. It was barely over a year ago when he went down with a broken hand shortly after signing and in one short year he hit as well as he did, and brought home two championships to boot.
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\r\n\"Last year was a struggle,\" he said. \"I was out for 16 weeks and missed all of the GCL season after I signed. I missed Instructs, Dominican [Instructs], all of that stuff.
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\r\n\"Coming back this year and having a pretty good year I'd say, it's great. I couldn't believe I came out here and did what I did this year. I still have a lot of work to do.\"
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\r\nHis offensive success -- hitting 18 doubles and six home runs in just 47 games for example -- came as a surprise to him given his long layoff and the fact that 2011 was his essentially his professional debut season.
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\r\n\"Of course I was, I was really surprised I came out here and did what I did,\" he said. \"It was a lot of hard work in between seasons but yeah, I was surprised with everything that happened.\"
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\r\nOffensively he says there's not much he would change about his 2011 season. Defensively, however, is another story.
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\r\n\"Defensively I still have a ways to go,\" he admitted. \"I still have a lot of work to do defensively and offensively, but mostly on defense at both first and third.
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\r\n\"I'm here [at Instructs] to work mostly on defensive stuff. I still have some offensive things to work on and improve on.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe slow roller plays, the back-handed plays, ranging laterally, they're all things he would like to improve on going forward.
\r\n
\r\n\"Plays in general – I struggle with everything just about,\" he said. \"I'm working hard though to do everything right. I'm working on everything on the defensive side.
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\r\n\"I don't mind either position. I feel more comfortable at third base right now because I've been playing it a lot more.\"
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