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New York Yankees Prospect Watch: No. 18 Austin Aune

January 28th, 2013 at 6:00 AM
By Karen Vankat

Austin Aune was headed to Texas Christian as a two-sport star when the New York Yankees drafted him in the second round of last year's draft.

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Aune, who hails from Argyle, Texas, exudes pure athleticism and is projected as a five-tool player. At 19 years old he stands at 6' 2" and 190 and though he has been at shortstop Austin also has the potential to be at third base or even center field because of his excellent speed and above average arm. 

The young Texan throws right handed, but hits from the left side with power, has quick hands and balance at the plate. Austin hits the ball hard to all fields and is a very patient hitter getting his share of walks. Aune was a quarterback in high school with a very high IQ, now that he will be concentrating only on baseball the sky is the limit for this kid. The thinking that he could be the heir apparent to Derek Jeter is not farfetched since he has the same physical build and baseball intelligence that the Captain himself has demonstrated through out his career.

Defensively he is very solid with a strong accurate arm and good footwork upon transfer, that is why some scouts have said he could also handle center field. The Yankees have some outfield depth ready to break through so Aune would be a good choice to anchor the infield in the future for years to come.

In just 39 games playing for the Gulf Coast League Yankees Aune batted .273 with 20 RBIs and 19 walks scored 19 runs and had six stolen bases.

The 2013 season will be Austin's first full season in the minors which will give the Yankees a better sampling of what this kid has to offer.

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Tags: Austin Aune, Baseball, Derek Jeter, Gulf Coast Yankees, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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