03/26/2023 - National Showcase - Bowie, MD
Austin continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. In the OF, defensive abilities are now solid as he takes proper routes / angels in tracking down balls. Feet are aggressive as he works to get behind ball and play through with momentum to his target. He utilizes his quick feet in covering a lot of ground. At the plate, he continues to shine through a squared setup. Hands are quick and work through a level swing path. He makes consistent contact through a line drive approach with power showing best to the pull side. Lower half works well through the swing with an aggressive hip turn. On the mound, arm strength has improved as he threw his top velocity to date at 73 mph. Fastball shows a range of 70-73 mph. Breaking ball displays 10/4 shape with gradual break. He slows down his arm speed on his changeup, tipping off pitch to hitters. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program.
11/11/2021 - Baseball Factory Fall Select Tournament at Pirate City
Austin continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. He did show on the mound for the first time at the event. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date. In the OF, defensive abilities he takes proper routes / angles in tracking down balls. He works to get behind but needs to play through, creating momentum to his target. Range will increase as he continues to improve foot quickness. At the plate, power potential has improved through an athletic setup. Hands are quick and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields through a line drive approach. On the mound, fastball showed a range of 65-70 mph with cutting action. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program and develops off speed pitches. Mental makeup is a plus as he has a positive attitude, works hard, and is very coachable.
10/10/2021 - All-In Membership - Bowie, MD
Austin is an OF prospect who will graduate in 2024. In the field, Austin shows efficient footwork and covers ground well. He fields in a square position and has a clean exchange, making on-line throws to his target. Presenting his glove out in front of his body can help Austin field ground balls more efficiently. At the plate, this RHH sets up in a closed stance with center balance. He gets back into his load and works through a level swing, driving the ball to his pull side. Austin can barrel up more baseballs by being more controlled getting into his load. With three more years to develop, Austin has the time and potential to further build upon his skills on the field.