Full name is Christopher Tyler Austin…graduated from Heritage High School (Ga.). Supports and raises awareness for the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation…was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 17... In September 2017, hosted a "Day of Joy" with New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, providinghospitalized children with brightly-colored "Superhero" gowns at New York's Hospital for Special Surgeryin support of the Joy in Childhood Foundation.
In 20 games (5 starts at 1B, 5 at DH and 1 in RF) over three stints with the Yankees (6/24-29, 8/17-25 and 9/5-10/1), hit .225 (9-for-40) with 4R, 2 doubles, 2HR and 8RBI... Began the season on the 60-day disabled list with a fractured left ankle (4/2, retroactive to 3/30), suﬀeredafter fouling a ball oﬀ the foot in February…played for both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as part of his rehab assignment…was returned from rehab, reinstated from the D.L. and optioned toScranton/WB on 6/5 (missed 54 team games). Hit his ﬁrst career three-run HR in 8/19 win at Boston, the only HR with multiple runners on base that Chris Saleallowed in 2017…set a career high with 3RBI…also hit a double, tying his career high with six total bases... Was placed on the 10-day disabled list from 6/29-8/11 with a right hamstring strain (missed 37 team games)… wasreturned from rehab, reinstated from the D.L. and optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 8/11... Including rehab assignments, combined with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to bat.286 (53-for-185) with 34R, 15 doubles, 10HR and 33RBI in 52 games... Following the season, played for Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League, batting .160 (4-for-25)with 2R, 2 doubles, 1HR and 3RBI in seven games
Saw his first Major League action, hitting .241 (20-for-83) with 7R, 3 doubles, 5HR and 12RBI in 31 games (20 starts at 1B, 2 in RF and 1 at DH) in his only stint with the Yankees (8/13-10/2). All five of his career HRs have been hit to right field at Yankee Stadium…four of those homers have given the Yankees the lead and the other tied the game…his team-leading four game-tying or go-ahead HR in the seventh inning or later were tied for fourth in the AL and tied for ninth in the Majors. Hit his first home run in his first career Major League at-bat on 8/13 vs. Tampa Bay (back-to-back with Aaron Judge), his second homer on his 25th birthday on 9/6 vs. Toronto, and his third was a "walk-off" on 9/8 vs. Tampa Bay…according to Elias, is the first player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to homer in his first at-bat, homer on his birthday and a hit a "walk-off" HR within his first three career home runs. Made his Major League debut in 8/13 win vs. Tampa Bay, hitting solo HR in the second off Matt Andriese and going 2-for-4 with 1SB…the HR came in his first career PA, becoming the fourth Yankee in franchise history to accomplish the feat (also John Miller, Marcus Thames and Andy Phillips)…was the first of back-to-back HRs with Aaron Judge (who also homered in his first PA)…with Judge also making his Major League debut in the game, became the first duo in Major League history to each homer in their Major League debuts in the same game…there had been just one other game in Baseball history in which two players each hit HRs in their first Major League at-bats, but they were on opposing teams (Brooklyn at Philadelphia on 4/19/38 - the Phillies' Emmett "Heinie" Mueller and the Dodgers' Ernie Koy - both in the first inning)…became the first pair of Yankees to make their Major League debuts as starters in the same game since C Johnny Ellis and CF Jim Lyttle on 5/17/69 vs. California…was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees' 25-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to the game. Hit seventh-inning, go-ahead two-run HR and was 1-for-2 with 1BB in 9/6 win vs. Toronto…came on his 25th birthday, becoming the first Yankee to homer on his birthday since Alex Rodriguez on 7/27/15 at Texas…was the second Yankee, 25-or-younger, to homer on his birthday since 1972, joining Eduardo Nunez on 6/15/11 vs. Texas (24th birthday). Collected his first career "walk-off" hit, a solo HR with two outs in the ninth on 9/8 vs. Tampa Bay…became the 10th rookie in Yankees history to hit a "walk-off" HR and the first since Melky Cabrera in the 11th inning on 7/18/06 vs. Seattle (credit: Elias)…was one of nine Major League rookies (10 times) to hit "walk-off" HR in 2016 (fifth in the AL)…was the first Yankee to hit a "walk-off" HR within his first three career HRs since Bubba Crosby's third career HR defeated Baltimore on 9/19/05. Hit game-winning two-run HR in the seventh and was 3-for-3 in 9/27 win vs. Boston, setting a career high in hits…hit game-tying solo HR in the seventh and was 2-for-4 with 2RBI in 10/1 win vs. Baltimore. Was defensive replacement at 1B for Mark Teixeira in 10/2 loss vs. Baltimore, Teixeira's final Major League game…entered with one out in the seventh inning. Began the season with Double-A Trenton, batting .260 (46-for-177) with 22R, 10 doubles, 4HR and 29RBI in 50 games…was promoted to Scranton/WB on 6/4 and hit .323 (65-for-201) with 39R, 24 doubles, 13HR and 49RBI in 57 games with the RailRiders.
Combined with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton to hit .240 (82-for-341) with 41R, 13 doubles, 2 triples, 6HR and 35RBI in 94 games…started the season with Scranton/WB and batted .235 (62-for-264) with 33R, 8 doubles, 4HR and 27RBI in 73 games…was transferred to Trenton on 8/7 and hit .260 (20-for-77) with 8R, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 2HR and 8RBI in 21 games. Was designated for assignment on 9/1 and outrighted to Trenton on 9/9. Following the season, played for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League, batting .272 (22-for-81) with 13R, 5 doubles, 3HR and 7RBI in 21 games…in eight games for the Águilas de Zulia of the Venezuelan Winter League, hit .280 (7-for-25) with 5R, 4 doubles and 4RBI.
Spent the entire season with Double-A Trenton, hitting .275 (109-for-396) with 56R, 20 doubles, 9 HR and 47 RBIin 105 games…ranked among team leaders in runs (third), doubles (third) and hits (fourth)... Following the season, played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, batting .304 (21-for-69) with 2HR and 13RBI in 19 games... Was added to the Yankees' 40-man roster on 11/20/14.
Played in 83 games for Double-A Trenton, hitting .257 (82-for-319) with 17 doubles, 1 triple, 6HR, 43R and 40RBI…was named a midseason Eastern League All-Star… helped the Thunder win the EL Championship by batting .304 (7-for-23) with 4RBI in the playoffs…also appeared in 4G with Scottsdale of the Arizona Fall League and hit .333 (4-for-12)…was tabbed by MLB.com's "2013 Prospect Watch" as the No. 3 prospect in the Yankees organization and the 68th-best prospect in baseball…was also ranked by Baseball America as the 77th-best prospect in baseball for the 2013 season.
Combined to hit .322 (133-for-413) with 35 doubles, 6 triples, 17HR and 80RBI in 110G with Double-A Trenton, Single-A Tampa, Single-A Charleston and the GCL Yankees… led all Yankees minor leaguers in batting average for the second consecutive season, also ranking third in RBI and fourth in steals (23)… began the season with the RiverDogs, batting .320 (85-for-266) with 14HR, 54RBI, 22 doubles and 17SB in 70G… was promoted to Tampa on 7/3 and hit .321 (43-for-134) with 2HR and 23RBI…was promoted to Trenton on 9/2 and appeared in 2G (2-for-7)… was named to Team USA for the 2012 MLB All-Star Futures Game… was named a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star… following the season, was named the Yankees minor league "Player of the Year" and tabbed by Baseball America as the fourth-best prospect in the organization… was also tabbed by MLB.com's "Top 100 Prospects for the 2013 season" as the No. 75 prospect in all of baseball.
Split the season between GCL and shortseason Single-A Staten Island, batting .354 (63-for-178) with 18 doubles, 6HR and 36RBI in 47G… also stole 18 bases without being caught… named by Baseball America as the eighth-best prospect in the NYPL.
Appeared in 2G with the GCL Yankees (0-for-2, 2HP).