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Monday, March 25, 2013

Day 7 - Austin's OK, Flores keeps hitting

On Sunday morning, Tyler Austin clubbed two home runs in an intrasquad game. On Monday, he added another bomb and an RBI single in his first two at-bats. 

Then came the trouble. 

After he'd hit the single, Rob Segedin hit a slow grounder to the left side. Austin, who is a better runner than most catchers-turned-third basemen-turned-right fielders, beat flip to second. His slide was late and hard, however, and he got tangled up a bit with second baseman Albert Cartwright.

Austin came up holding his hands on his knees, wincing with discomfort. After a quick meeting with Tony Franklin and trainer Scott DiFrancesco, Austin stayed in the game and eventually scored on catcher J.R. Murphy's RBI double.

Because it's spring training, however, Franklin decided to remove Austin from the game after the inning. Daniel Aldrich took his spot in right field, and Austin got his left ankle wrapped for a few innings. That's the same left ankle that was barking toward the end of last season. 

By the time the game was over, the wrap was gone, and Austin seemed to be in good spirits. He said he would be able to play on Tuesday, but Franklin made it sound as if they would probably hold him back at least a day to be careful. 

I wrote a bit more about that, plus some other notes from Monday's action here. I also uploaded a nice little video of the havoc Austin's caused over the past two games. Check it out below. 

You'll that someone scores on each of the four Austin hits included in that clip. That someone is Ramon Flores, and all he does is hit. His bat control and plate discipline are excellent for someone who'll spend all of his first full Double-A season as a 21-year-old. 

I uploaded this video of his two singles and a triple, plus some BP, from Monday in Clearwater. I'm honestly not sure whether he or Austin has impressed more. One thing's for sure, they're both outstanding young prospects who Trenton fans should be very excited to see in a few weeks. 

Trenton stays at home on Tuesday to battle the Phillies again. I'll also be heading over to the big league game at night to hopefully chat with Vidal Nuno. Talk to you in the morning.


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