Austin Getting More Comfortable

TAMPA, FL - It's tough to have a better professional debut season than Tyler Austin had in 2011, hitting a whopping .354 over two minor league levels. As good as his year was though, Austin, who has shifted defensive positions, is looking even better in camp this spring and he says he is getting a lot more comfortable.

"I feel like it's going really well," Tyler Austin said of camp. "I'm playing pretty good right now, the team's playing pretty good right now, [and] we're swinging the bat well. I can't complain, I'm happy with it."

His Charleston team is hitting well but a major part of that is because Austin is hitting so well. Hitting for extra bases seemingly everyday and noticeably taking more walks, his offensive game continues to get better.

"[Walks are] starting to be a bigger priority for me," he admitted. "I've got to get the better pitches that I want to hit so I'm not going to go up up there and start swinging at all of the other stuff.

"I'm just keeping a good approach up there, not trying to get too big and do more than I can. I just want to stay within myself and stay with my approach."

To claim that somebody who hit .354 at the plate the year before looks even better offensively at any point the following year could be perceived as hyperbole but that's really the case with Austin this spring.

Perhaps the reason could be his new defensive home. Once struggling to make consistent plays at third base and first base, he has not only been manning right field this spring but he has looked the part of being a plus defensive right fielder in the early going, making more than a couple of diving plays.

"I feel really good out there," Austin said with a smile. "I haven't played right field much in my life but I've been working really hard. I feel really comfortable out there right now.

"I played centerfield all the way up through my travel ball years and I played [there] a little bit in high school too, but definitely not the past two or three years. It's a lot easier than just jumping out there after not having played [outfield] before."

Not having to worry about his defensive responsibilities at third may have freed him up mentally to focus more on his offensive game. Whatever the case may be, the baseball looks like the size of a beach ball to Austin these days, he looks that much more natural and comfortable.

"I'd say I'm a lot more comfortable than last year. Last year I had that one really big game that put my average up so this year I'm going to go out there and keep it consistent throughout the whole year. I'm excited for it," Austin concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I feel like it's going really well,\" Tyler Austin said of camp. \"I'm playing pretty good right now, the team's playing pretty good right now, [and] we're swinging the bat well. I can't complain, I'm happy with it.\"
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\r\nHis Charleston team is hitting well but a major part of that is because Austin is hitting so well. Hitting for extra bases seemingly everyday and noticeably taking more walks, his offensive game continues to get better.
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\r\n\"[Walks are] starting to be a bigger priority for me,\" he admitted. \"I've got to get the better pitches that I want to hit so I'm not going to go up up there and start swinging at all of the other stuff.
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\r\n\"I'm just keeping a good approach up there, not trying to get too big and do more than I can. I just want to stay within myself and stay with my approach.\"
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\r\nTo claim that somebody who hit .354 at the plate the year before looks even better offensively at any point the following year could be perceived as hyperbole but that's really the case with Austin this spring.
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\r\nPerhaps the reason could be his new defensive home. Once struggling to make consistent plays at third base and first base, he has not only been manning right field this spring but he has looked the part of being a plus defensive right fielder in the early going, making more than a couple of diving plays.
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\r\n\"I feel really good out there,\" Austin said with a smile. \"I haven't played right field much in my life but I've been working really hard. I feel really comfortable out there right now.
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\r\n\"I played centerfield all the way up through my travel ball years and I played [there] a little bit in high school too, but definitely not the past two or three years. It's a lot easier than just jumping out there after not having played [outfield] before.\"
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\r\nNot having to worry about his defensive responsibilities at third may have freed him up mentally to focus more on his offensive game. Whatever the case may be, the baseball looks like the size of a beach ball to Austin these days, he looks that much more natural and comfortable.
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\r\n\"I'd say I'm a lot more comfortable than last year. Last year I had that one really big game that put my average up so this year I'm going to go out there and keep it consistent throughout the whole year. I'm excited for it,\" Austin concluded.
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