Name: Chris Austin
School level: HS
With the 13th pick in the draft the Yankees took a big, 6’2″, 200 lbs., high schooler out of Georgia named Chris Austin. He’s a rare southern kid who didn’t grow up a Braves fan, he’s a Yankees fan. Hopefully that makes him easier to sign. He played catcher and outfielder in high school and it appears he was drafted as a catcher so we’ll have to see what happens.
Here is what Baseball America had to say about him:
A longtime fixture on the travel-ball circuit, Kennesaw State recruit Austin was expected to be signable and could go out as high as the fourth round. He compares favorably to Miles Head, the Georgia prep slugger whom the Red Sox signed last year for $335,000. Austin’s a similar hitter and is more athletic, with more defensive ability than Head. Austin is rough defensively behind the plate, negating his arm strength, and might be better served by a move to third base or perhaps a corner outfield spot. He has excellent raw pull power and runs well enough for a move to the outfield, though he figures to slow down as he matures and fills out.
MLB.com had just one sentence on him:
Austin was one of eight high school players from Georgia to be selected for the Aflac All-American High School Classic in 2009.
Anytime the Yankees draft young power bats I get a little excited. I can’t wait to see this kid play and see if he can adjust to professional baseball. Still 18-years-old, he probably is too young for Staten Island though.