Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Levine's Minor-League Notebook

Ricky Bennett has has some nice words to say about Lancaster outfielder Jay Austin:

“He does have some power. We have to remind him from time to time, ‘Hey, you've got to keep working on your bunting.' I think eventually he'll be a No. 1 or No. 2 hitter...We've really been focused on his plate discipline and his bunting. That has to be a part of his game, (and it's) something we talked about (a lot) in spring training.”
It also should be noted that the Hooks placed Fernando Abad on the DL with shoulder fatigue and soreness.

1 comment:

Peanut said...

The work seems to be paying off, given the spike in Austin's walk rate this year. He's not hitting for much average, and he's still striking out a lot, but he's also one of the younger players in the Cal League. Another huge step for him has been his work on the bases: 11SB/1CS so far this year, compared to 23SB/13CS last season. The only glaring flaw that's visible (from his stat sheet, anyway) is his performance against lefties.

Austin seems like the kind of player who's bound for the big leagues one way or another. The next two years will go a long way in determining whether he's a starter or a fifth outfielder.