09/04/2020 - HS All-Region Tournament
Austin continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. At 1B, he displays proper footwork around the bag and is a quality receiver. Glove action is clean but needs to present more out front. Range will increase as he improves foot quickness. At the plate, he shows a squared setup. Hands are quick and work through a level swing path. He makes consistent contact through a line drive approach . On the mound, arm strength has improved as he threw his top velocity to date at 71 mph. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with gradual break. Control is solid as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program.
12/01/2019 - National Tryout Plus - Pensacola, FL
Austin is a tall 1B/RHP prospect who continues to showcase his skills on the field. At 1B, Austin fields the ball out in front of his body and works to keep his throws accurate to his target. Getting into a more athletic fielding position can help Austin improve defensively. At the plate, this RHH sets up in a tall stance and takes his stride on time. He gets into his load well and takes a direct swing, leading to solid contact to all fields. Austin can improve as a hitter by working a smoother rhythm into his swing. On the mound, Austin gathers over the rubber and works with a clean arm, staying inline towards the plate. He shows a three pitch mix with his fastball topping out at 70mph with arm side run. Breaking ball sits at 69mph with 10-4 break. Changeup sits at 65mph with arm side run as he throws with deceptive arm speed. Lengthening his back side arm action can help Austin improve as a pitcher. Overall, Austin is a solid prospect who has the time and potential to further develop his skills on the field.
07/21/2019 - Baseball Factory National World Series at Pirate City - Session 2 (Ages 12-14)
Austin continues to show as a prospect on the diamond. At the plate, he shows a squared setup. Hands are quick and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields through a line drive approach. At 1B, he displays smooth, clean actions. Feet are active as he displays proper footwork around the bag and is a quality receiver. He works to square ground balls up, displaying clean hands as he makes the routine plays. Defensive grade will continue to improve as he increases foot quickness. On the mound, fastball shows a range of 65-69 mph with cutting action. Breaking ball displays 1/7 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup with sinking action. Stock to the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength and works to throw more strikes. Mental makeup is a plus as he has a positive attitude, works hard, and is very coachable.
05/19/2019 - Interactive Video Program - Sumrall (Hattiesburg), MS
Austin worked out on the mound and at 1st base. He showed nice improvements in his game. Hitting numbers spiked, radar velocity increased (69 MPH), and he showed nice defensive abilities at 1B. In the INF, Austin has active feet, a presentable glove, and he fields out in front of his body. He fields in a low/square position, his exchange is clean, and he delivers the ball with momentum and accuracy to his target. On the mound, Austin has good mechanics, a loose/free arm circle, and he lands with a proper length stride toward home plate. Offensively, hitting and power grades improved to 38 and 45. He stands in the box athletically, with good balance, and Austin swings in good rhythm. Austin has fast bat speed, he works the middle of the field, and he uses his lower body. Work on the following will help skills continue to improve.
1. Swing path
3. Barrel accuracy
11/15/2018 - Baseball Factory Select Training & Competition at Pirate City (Ages 12-14)
Austin is a talented and strong 2023 2-way prospect that worked hard all weekend. At 1B, Austin is on time with his prep step, and works off the bag well. He plays through his back hand and makes accurate feeds on double plays. He needs to continue to presents a low/early glove, have a clean exchange in front of his body, and create momentum in his lower half when throwing. At the plate, Austin starts in a tall stance, gets his front foot down on time, and rotates his hip to the ball. He has fast hands and he stays back on the ball. He needs to continue to attack the inside part of the ball, stay in his legs, and keep his head down at contact. On the bump, Austin gathers over the rubber, separates on time, and rotates toward his target. He works north to south in his delivery and has a dominating presence on the mound. He cuts his fastball and has feel for his changeup. He needs to continue to ride his back leg toward the plate and extend over the front side which will help him get on top of his curveball. Austin is eager to learn and was pleasure to have at camp. He will continue to improve with experience and we hope to see his progress in the future.
06/20/2018 - Baseball Factory Select Training at the College World Series (Ages 12-14)
Austin is a big 1B/RHP that made a lot of improvements from past events. Speed improved in both the 60 (11.14 to 10.91) and home-to-first (7.47 to 6.81). In the field, Austin is a big target and shows soft hands. He throws from a high 3/4 arm slot and makes consistently accurate throws to his targets. Austin can improve in the field by working on athleticism through cone and ladder drills. At the plate, Austin shows a tall set up with a short stride, a decent load and a good center balance. Austin's exit velocity jumped from 64mph to 72mph from previous events. Austin could improve at the plate by utilizing more of his lower half and by working on keeping his hands inside the ball. On the mound, Austin shows good mechanics and throws a FB and CH (high 3/4 arm slot) for strikes. He keeps his eyes on his target and controls the running game with picks. Austin shows some feel for pitching with fair poise, gets ahead in counts and keeps his emotions composed. Austin can improve on the mound by utilizing more of his lower half as well as developing a “bulldog” mentality. Austin shows great intangibles by asking questions, being coachable, showed a good aptitude for the game, hustling everywhere and being a team player.
02/04/2018 - Interactive Video Program - Mobile, AL
Austin is a young, RHP with a big frame. On the mound, Austin stands over the rubber well, he separates on-time, and lands with good direction toward home. He has a controlled landing and competes in the zone with his pitches. Offensively, Austin has a square set-up, a proper load, and he swings in good rhythm. He has good balance, a level swing, and can work the ball gap to gap. Austin can get better with work on the following.
1. More lower body
2. Shorten swing
3. Bat speed