Saturday, June 25, 2016

Back at .500, Tex returning, playing our friends (the worst team in baseball) and still less interesting than Tyler Austin

It's nice to have friends who care about you. Last night, the humanitarian Twinkies contributed three errors to our cause, serving a hot meal and four runs. They are there for us. When we get down on ourselves, they stage an intervention. Playing Minnesota is like walking into an Arby's and receiving a free meat-product thingy; you aren't sure what to do, so eat! We should challenge them to a best of 161 series! The Grudge Match of 2016! Wait... better idea: Realign MLB to play in a division with Minny, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Tampa. It is better to rule in hell...

Speaking of hell... Scranton! Last night, a former Jesus Montero-level prospect named Tyler Austin - (we do have a pile of "Tyler"s and "Austin"s in our system, but he is real, not an amalgamation) - hit three HRs against Little Evil Pawtucket. Austin is only 24, one year younger than old Rob Refsnyder. A few years ago, he made all the Mel Kiperesque prospect rankings, rising with a bullet. Then he reached Trenton. Ever since, Austin looked like a career minor leaguer. Now... well, he still does. But hey, you never know...

Five years ago, Austin made his pro debut by ripping up the Florida dirt leagues, hitting .354. The "scouts" hailed him as a gem of the 2010 draft. The following year, he hit .322 with 17 HRs at four levels, streaking through the system. He became a prospect-lover's erection. Then he reached Trenton, the place where Yankee prospects and Republican governors go to die. He hit a slimy .256, tweaked a gonad in his wrist and missed the better part of a year. He's never been the same... until, well, maybe now.  

Over the last 10 games, Austin's hitting .308 with 4 HRs. He's done this while batting next to Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira, who are doing prison stretches in Scranton. There's a limit to the amount of wild hope that can be generated over a 10-day-stretch by a middling prospect at Triple A, and we're not talking about finding a cure for cancer. But if you combine Austin's totals this season at Trenton and Scranton, he's hit 10 HRs and is batting .273. Not bad. And here's the real rub: He's still more interesting than that miserable .500 team in the Bronx. I don't know how the Yankees can become exciting again, especially because today they'll probably demote Refsnyder - one of the few players worth watching - who will take the place of Tyler Austin.

Don't get me wrong. I like Teixeira. I want him to play well. But he's another summer rerun, the same old show. He smacks a screaming line drive into the gap in right center, where a fielder waits to catch it. Baseball is full of new stat lines, which do a great job of obscuring a player's worth. He's the stat I see on Tex: In 188 plate appearances, he is batting .180. Today, he returns. I'm supposed to be excited? Sorry. Thank you, Twins, in advance. But I'll be watching the minor league box scores. (Where Aaron Judge homered yesterday too!) They matter more.

5 comments:

Alphonso said...

I am delighted to hear this tale about the possible re-emergence of Tyer Austin.

Now we can say, " and he is still only 24," for the next several years.

Slade Heathcott remained, " still 24-26" for a decade.

By the way...the point of your tale...." that anything would be more interesting than Tex hitting into double plays, which begin as scorching grounders into Right Field," is 100% correct. If Ref is sent down, there is no one to watch.

Boredom sets in. If not for the "gifted " 3 runs last night, we lose 3-1.

I would rather watch the BBC about the people in England finally " googling " EU ( to find out what they
have done to themselves ), than watch this Yankee line-up do anything.

I do stay on channel for Refsnyder.

Anonymous said...

WE HAVEN'T PLAYED TORREYES IN ABOUT 2 WEEKS STRAIGHT..... IF WE DEMOTE A GUY (REF), WHO HAS DIRECTLY HELPED WIN A COUPLE OR MORE GAMES ALREADY, FOR A GUY WHO HASN'T PLAYED IN 2 WEEKS, THEN WE ARE THE DUMBEST FUCKS IN BASEBALL TODAY, (BY FAR)...

Anonymous said...

How about demanding that YES and WPIX televise the Scranton games only, and forget about the Yankee games. PLEASE !!!

I'm Bill White said...

If Ref gets demoted, my fantasy team is in trouble.

Anonymous said...

IT'S IKE!!!!... YEA!!!!!!!.. CAN YOU IMAGINE?....WE GOT TO SWEAT IT OUT TO GET THE RIGHT DECISION.....UNBELIEVABLE.