Joseph (Jay) Austin

HS Grad 2008
Age 27 and 9 mos
Age on 2008 Draft 17 and 9 mos
Position(s) OF  LHP
Ht/Wt 6-1, 180 lb
School  North Atlanta
Hometown  Atlanta, GA USA
Summer Team  East Cobb Astros
Fall Team 
MLB Draft 
Round 2 by Astros in 2008
All Americans/All Regions
2008 Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American (Southeast - All Region 1st Team)
National Rank - Class of 2008
Ranking Last Updated: Jun 04, 2008
Position - OF
Good OF, very strong arm, can run, can hit, very nice swing with bat speed, 6.2 60 in Cincy, very good in WWBA Jupiter
GA State Rank - Class of 2008
Ranking Last Updated: Jun 04, 2008
Position - OF

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4 yr Commitment
Southern California

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2007 National Showcase   Jun 15, 2007
PG Grade: 9.5
Joseph (Jay) Austin is a 2008 OF/P with a 6'1'', 180 lb. frame from Atlanta, GA who attends North Atlanta HS. He has a lean, greyhound type body and could trade spots physically with top 2008 prospect Aaron Hicks and few would notice the difference. Austin has outstanding running speed at 6.20 in the 60 and runs easily and effortlessly. Austin has huge range in centerfield and has more arm strength than he showed in drills. Offensively, Austin is still looking for his identity as hitter. He has fast twitch hands and some present strength but looks like he's thinking too much at the plate, especially about slapping the ball and running. Austin's speed is an impact tool but he's big and strong enough with enough raw bat speed to drive the ball and attack it aggressively instead of playing a little man's game like his East Cobb teammates Raymond Anderson and Jonathan Taylor. The tools are in there to develop into a high level hitter but they weren't on display in Cincinnati. Often overlooked in Austin's package is that he's a projectable left handed pitcher with a 90 mph fastball and a hammer 76 mph curveball, although he doesn't pitch frequently and is still raw mechanically. As an athlete, Austin has all the tools and could blossom quickly if he has the aptitude with the bat. Austin is a good student.
PG Career Progression
Best PG Grade: 10.00
1.00 improvement beginning on Dec 28, 2005
PG Grade

Percentile Rank among grad class in the recorded year

FB 90 mph
92.71% Rank
best 97  avg 83
 (2008 class in 2007)

best 97  avg 83
 (2008 class)
60 6.20 sec
99.88% Rank
best 6.17  avg 7.37
 (2008 class in 2007)

best 6.17  avg 7.44
 (2008 class)
OF 88 mph
96.36% Rank
best 93  avg 78
 (2008 class in 2005)

best 101  avg 80
 (2008 class)
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