Right-handed hurler Austin Hyatt began the 2011 season on a roll for the Double A Reading Phillies, posting a 5-1 record with a 3.18 ERA over his first 7 starts. Slumping a bit since then, Hyatt has gone 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in his last 3 starts.
A 15th round draft pick out of the University of Alabama by the Phillies in 2009, Hyatt made his professional debut that year with the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters. In 17 games in the NY-Penn League, Hyatt posted a 3-0 record with 6 saves and a 0.66 ERA while striking out 81 batters in 54 1/3 innings. Those stats earned him a promotion to join the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, serving as their set-up man for the postseason.
In 2010, the 6-foot-2-inch 180-pound Hyatt was named the Florida State League’s Most Valuable Pitcher, as he notched an 11-5 record and a 3.04 ERA in 23 games (21 starts), as a member of the High A level Clearwater Threshers. In August, he was promoted to Reading, where he made 4 starts (1-0, 4.91 ERA) to wrap up his season.
Recently, I spoke with the 25-year-old Hyatt about his success, his pitch repertoire, the possibility of him joining Twitter and plenty more. Check out the media player below to hear the full interview.
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