08/10/2020 - All-In Membership - San Bernardino, CA
Austin is a young (2025 grad) 2-way player who continues to work hard. On the mound, he works to a controlled balance point and stays directional toward the dish, repeating well. He has good glove-side lead/tuck and keeps his eyes on the target. FB still sits in the upper 50's as he fills up the zone and throws strikes. Finishing with more extension on his follow through will help to improve effectiveness on all pitches. At 2B, he hustles into a square fielding position tracking the GB into his mitt. He gathers well and has a clean transfer to throw. At the plate, this switch hitter shows more natural from the left. Actions are quiet/simple as he tracks pitches into the zone and off of his barrel. He connects and sprays the ball to all parts of the field. Engaging his lower 1/2 more will help to produce more pop off of his barrel. Saunders still has a ton of time to progress and physically mature (get stronger).
02/16/2020 - National Tryout Plus - Cypress (Los Angeles), CA
Austin showed well defensively during his last workout with The Factory. At 2B, Austin has playable hands and feet, he covers ground, and makes plays on balls hit his way. He has an aggressive 1st step, plays through the ball some, and throws with a short/accurate arm to his target. On the mound, Austin has a simple delivery, a still head, and he has a controlled landing toward the plate; competing in the zone. At the plate, Austin is equally as good from both sides. From the right, Austin has a still head, a simple stoke, and he stays compact throughout his swing. From the left, Austin has good balance, he swings on plane, and he uses his lower body.
01/12/2020 - Interactive Video Program - Monterey Park (Los Angeles), CA
Austin is a young, thin, 2-way player who pitches and plays 2nd base. On the mound, Austin has good balance, he separate his hands on time, and he gets good extension on his pitches. He has a compact delivery, he uses his body well, and finishes toward his target. At 2nd base, Austin has efficient footwork, he covers ground, and uses 2 hands to field. He keeps the ball in front, his exchange is clean, and he throws with consistency to 1st base. At the plate, Austin can switch hit. From the right side he has an aggressive swing, some bat whip, and he swings on plane. From the left, Austin has good balance, a middle of the field approach, and he makes consistent contact. Overall skill can get better with work on the following.
1. Arm action
3. Arm strength
1. Fielding position
1. Lower body
3. Swing path