Does not look listed height; thick thighs and a power bottom; muscular and in shape.
8/15/2014 - 8/17/2014
Trenton Thunder (AA, Yankees)
Hustled the entire series; otherwise, just looked like one of the guys.
45; Second Division Starter
Quick hands; quiet swing that is a straight path through zone; short stroke; minimal noise in swing; tick above average bat speed; ability to pull hands in or extend and go opposite; decent bat control; uses entire field and does not over exert his swings; keeps feet balanced with mildly small load; average pitch recognition; will get tied up with plus offerings but can still fight them off; not an impact bat but the hit tool will play at any position.
Slight lift in swing; quick hands and above average bat speed allow for power to play; barrels a lot of pitches but does not have a true power swing; torques hips at moderate level; average raw power.
More quick than fast; average runner is all phases of game; instincts help play up speed; 8.04 to second on a double because of perfect base-running and hustle.
Good instincts but lacks to pure athleticism to provide plus defense; routes are fine; understands that he is not a speed demon and shifts his routes in moderation; not going to stand out but can be an average glove on the corner; footwork was impressive.
Solid-average arm strength; able to make hard throws on a line to 2B and cut-off man; balls fades and dies mildly on throws to home but is still able to make them with enough strength; accurate throws; gunned a guy out at the plate from moderate distance in RF.
Austin had a terrific series, making hard contact and displaying instincts all over the diamond. His swing is going to play at any level, although it is not an impact bat. As a corner outfielder, Austin is a fringe starter or second division mold. He does not have the impact tools to become more of an asset.
Austin will be in the majors soon, but he will need to consistently hit to provide any impact as a second division starter.