Meeting Jeter


TAMPA, Fla. -- It is really amazing how many players come into Yankees camp and talk about when they were nine or 10 and how they idolized Derek Jeter. Tyler Austin, one of the team's top prospects, is no different.

When Jeter arrived in camp, Austin met the captain for the first time.

"I just shook Jeter's hand for the first time less than five minutes ago," Austin said. "It was unbelievable. I could barely get his name out of my mouth as I tried to shake his hand. It was awesome."

Austin, 21, is one of the more exciting hitters in the Yankees' system. After compiling a .960 OPS in four leagues last year, he is slated to start the year in the outfield at Double-A Trenton.