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Yankees daily prospect report: Tyler Austin brings the power

Staten Island Yankees third baseman Tyler Austin bats

Staten Island Yankees third baseman Tyler Austin bats during Game 1 of the NY-Penn League Championship Series against the Auburn Doubledays at Falcon Park. (Sept. 12, 2011) Credit: AP

An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders resumed Wednesday’s suspended game with Gwinnett and also resumed their offensive onslaught, winning 12-4. The regularly scheduled game was a far more pedestrian affair, but the RailRiders won again, 3-1.

The standouts:

Game 1:

Taylor Dugas, LF: 2-for-5 with a walk

Rob Refsnyder, 2B: 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and a walk

Zoilo Almonte, RF: 4-for-6 with three home runs

Austin Romine, C: 3-for-5

Game 2:

Jose Pirela, RF: 0-for-2 with two walks

John Ryan Murphy, C: 2-for-4

Kyle Roller, 1B: 0-for-2 with two walks

DOUBLE-A – Trenton Thunder

The skinny: Trenton scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh on its way to a 6-5 win over the Binghamton Mets.

The standouts:

Gary Sanchez, C: 2-for-4

Tyler Austin, RF: 1-for-4 with a home run

Luis Severino, RHP: Allowed six hits, a walk and two earned runs in four innings, striking out seven.

NOTES: Austin’s slugging percentage had fallen each of his first three pro seasons and he was off to another pedestrian start at Double-A this year. But his power has emerged recently. In his last eight games, Austin is 12-for-29 (.413) with four doubles and two home runs.


The skinny: Tampa scored two runs each in the third, fourth and fifth innings during a 6-1 win over Fort Myers.

The standouts:

Greg Bird, 1B: 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk

Eric Jagielo, 3B: 1-for-3 with a double

SINGLE-A – Charleston RiverDogs

The skinny: Charleston scored multiple runs in three innings during a 10-3 win over Lexington.

The standouts:

Tyler Wade, DH: 4-for-5 with a double

SINGLE-A SHORT-SEASON – Staten Island Yankees

The skinny: Staten Island managed just five hits during a 14-0 loss to Tri-City.

The standouts:

Luis Torrens, C: 1-for-4

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