Austin entered the game in the top of seventh inning as the Eastern squad's left fielder with a nice cheer from the local Yankee fans in the crowd.
In his only appearance at the plate, the 21-year old outfielder hit a hard single up the middle on a well-put-together, six-pitch at-bat.
On a night where a record 8,633 fans packed New Britain Stadium, Austin reflected on what it is like to be a part of an All Star game experience.
"All those fans out there were great tonight," Austin said. "Also being around a group of awesome players for the past few days has been a fun and worthwhile experience."
With the All Star game festivities now in the past, Austin's attention shifts to the second half his season with Double-A Trenton. Currently hitting .257 with six home runs and 39 RBIs, his numbers through 79 games have been down dramatically compared to his stellar 2012 campaign.
After 70 games with Class-A Charleston in 2012, Austin was hitting .320 while he belted 14 home runs and drove in 54 runs. Even though he still got the All-Star nod in 2013, Austin understands his current struggles at the plate.
"I'm not mad at the year I'm having, but it has definitely been a learning experience for me," Austin admitted.
With all categories of his hitting game down, the amount of strikeouts this year for Austin has stuck out the most. He currently has 74 strikeouts in his 79 games so far this year with Trenton, a part of his game that has made his average dip immensely.
Adjustments need to be made for the righty slugger, and Austin already believes he has started to make them.
"I have been swinging at balls out of the strike zone a little too much this year," he said. "With that, I feel like I'm getting better and I look forward to turning the corner and putting up numbers like I did last season."
Austin, who came into the 2013 season ranked as one of the top Yankee prospects, is in his first full season with Trenton. The strong kid from Conyers, Georgia believes with the current struggles, he has still maintained to take positive steps in the right direction.
Austin notes that he has made a change to tone down his swing this season while also trying to become more relaxed at the plate.
The Western All Stars defeated the East 5-0. Bowie Baysox RHP Mike Wright came away with the game's MVP honors.
Austin Turns Attention To Second Half
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