2. Tyler Austin was originally drafted as a catcherWe are expecting to see some Tyler Austin in the infield but he originally would have been at another position.
That’s right, the first baseman vying for the starting position could have potentially been fighting with Gary Sanchez for a starting catcher spot. With the Yankees signing Chris Carter yesterday, he might even be contending for a spot in right field.
The bottom line is, it’s hard to imagine Austin as a catcher. If he stuck with that position, he might not even be close to making a splash in the majors.
Austin is a player who had battled adversity in his career, including a fight against cancer and being designated for assignment by the Yankees after the 2015 season. However, Austin dealt with it all and now finds himself in the thick of a position battle.
Just imagine…Austin could be battling Gary Sanchez instead of Greg Bird. Not that either is an ideal situation.