Austin, Gamel among Keith Law’s sleeper prospects

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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.

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  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Where will Gamel be this year?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Low-A Charleston, I assume.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Thanks Mike. Do you know why Austin was moved from C? Would think he’d have the athleticism and arm to stay there and with the bat, perhaps already a Top 100.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          They didn’t think he could catch. The Yankees have really low defensive standards for catchers, but Austin didn’t do much of it in high school.

  • Gonzo

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

  • JohnnyC

    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).

    • Cy Pineda

      gotta a scouting report on Tracy?

  • CJ

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

    • Steve (different one)

      Austin also had an 80 on the baseball name tool. Tyler Austin is an all star level name.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        It’s Christopher Tyler Austin (but the Christopher is silent ;)

      • I Voted 4 Kodos

        It’s the type of name that just screams grit.

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    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.

    • Plank

      Aren’t pitchers in the low minors instructed not to bother with baserunners, but just to work on their pitches, too?

    • CJ

      You are wrong. Try 18-18

    • AM

      First time here — It is actually 18 for 18 across two levels last year. Still could be a flash in the pan. But still better than 7 for 7 and maybe just maybe he might have the smarts.

      • Mike HC

        You got to be pretty good to get lucky 18 straight times.

  • OJ

    I agree I’m only 1 for 2