09/07/2014 - National Tryout - Indianapolis, IN
Austin showed at SS and on the mound for the first time at the event. Currently, he projects best at SS for the next level where he has improved his baseball abilities. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now a well above average runner at 7.07. At SS, he moves well laterally, displaying range in the MIF. Hands are soft / clean and presents well out front. He attacks ground balls and plays through well with his body. Throws are accurate, flashing carry as he gets rid of the baseball quickly but will benefit by building more arm strength through a long toss program. At the plate, he shows an aggressive approach with quick hands that work through a level swing path. He has strength in his swing with power numbers improving as he learns to use his lower half more. On the mound, fastball showed a range of 74-77 mph. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup, showing a feel for with arm side run. \Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program and works to throw more strikes.
09/01/2013 - College PREP - Indianapolis, IN
Austin continues to progress in his game. This strong righty has a quiet setup and solid base. He transfers his weight smoothly and has a strong bat angle. Austin swings hard and uses his lower 1/2 well. At SS, he is an athlete and can move laterally well. He has smooth actions, fielding the ball out in front, and fires the ball across the diamond. Austin has the skill set that will give him success this upcoming year.
12/27/2012 - Pirate City Christmas Camp and Tournament
Austin is a young 2015 grad with a great motor. He hustles everywhere and plays the game the right way. In the field he is active and athletic with good feet, sure hands and some carry to his throws. He does what you want your shortstop to do - make routine plays consistently. At the plate he has an aggressive approach and handles the ball middle-in very well. He does show good knowledge of the strike zone and will work counts to get the pitch he wants. Mechanically, staying on the ball longer with his front side will allow him to keep pitchers honest on balls away. Austin also jumped on the mound when needed and pounded the strike zone with a clean, repeatable delivery. Overall, this is an athlete to keep an eye on.