07/29/2013 - College PREP - Gaffney, SC Hord continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. At 3B, defensive grade has improved to well above average as he attacks ground balls and presents soft / sure hands well out front. Glove action is outstanding as he can pick it through loose actions. Throws show accuracy with carry as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. At the plate is where Austin has improved the most, now showing outstanding hitting / power grade through a solid setup. Hands are quick, generating outstanding bat speed through a short / direct / level swing path and he makes consistent hard contact with baseball exploding off the bat when centered. He will hit and hit with power at the next level. On the mound, arm strength has improved as he topped out at 82 mph. Fastball showed a range of 79-82 mph. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with late breaking action and shows as a quality pitch. He maintains arm speed on his changeup, showing a feel for with arm side run. Command / control are a plus as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as more arm strength is gained.