Austin, Gamel among Keith Law’s sleeper prospects


After posting his top 100 prospects list on Thursday, Keith Law followed up yesterday with a list of sleeper prospects for each team (Insider req’d). “Third baseman Tyler Austin has turned himself into a pretty good defender over there, defying earlier predictions he’d have to move to first,” said KLaw of his sleeper pick for the Yankees. “[He] has a whole-field approach to hitting with pull power right now, and runs well for his size with a perfect stolen-base record in the pros.” Austin hit a combined .354/.418/.579 between the two short season leagues last summer after being drafted as a catcher in 2010.

“Also watch right fielder Ben Gamel, younger brother of Mat,” added Law. “Ben shows a lot of promise with the bat, with good ability to square up the baseball and plenty of hip rotation for future power.” I’ve always been a bit of a Gamel homer, so I’m glad that’s been validated some.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Where will Gamel be this year?

  2. Gonzo says:

    Klaw’s sleeper last year? Mason Williams. No pressure Tyler and Ben.

  3. JohnnyC says:

    My sleeper candidate is LHP Matt Tracy. He could move fast. As a starter (although some pundits reactively peg all Yankees pitching prospects as relievers).

  4. CJ says:

    Austin is exciting. It’s hard to hit .354 by accident. The .418 OBP and 100% SB are evidence of baseball IQ.

  5. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    His 7 for 7 steals aren’t evidence of anything.

    They could have all been on the back end of a double steal or maybe when the pitcher had a brain fart and went into a wind up.

    50 for 50 would indicate something (or even 45 of 50). 7 for 7 means nothing.

  6. OJ says:

    I agree I’m only 1 for 2

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