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Austin to play in All-Star weekend
Tyler Austin, a catcher for Heritage in 2010, will play in the MLB Future’s game July 8 representing team USA and Yankees.

Tyler Austin just excelled in one All-Star game and now he's going to put his talents on display in another. But this time it will be on a much bigger, grander stage.

The former Heritage baseball standout was selected to the Future's Game during Major League Baseball's All-Star Week in Kansas City.

The game will be played on July 8 at 5 p.m. prior to the Legends and Celebrity Softball game, a day before the Home Run Derby and two days before the All-Star game itself.

Thursday Austin, a right fielder with the New York Yankees' Class A Club Charleston River Dogs, was selected to join the likes of top prospects Manny Machado, Jameson Taillon, Gerrit Cole and others in a matchup of USA vs. the world teams.

According to, Austin was batting .336 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI entering play on Wednesday. Austin, a 13th round pick in 2010 was leading the South Atlantic League in home runs, sixth in batting average and seventh in RBI.

Austin will be the fourth River Dogs player to participate in the Future Game, following in the footsteps of Manny Banuelos, Jesus Montero and Jose Tabata.

Austin also participated in the SAL All-Star game last week, started a ninth inning with a triple for the South Division All-Stars. The former Patriots' catcher was also selected to participate in the game's home run derby, held on the deck of the Yorktown aircraft carrier, but could not participate per Yankees' orders.

The Future's game features would-be stars such as Bryce Harper and 31 players from the 2011 Major League All-Star game.