So far, Austin is showing his bat is legit, and he's a prospect worth tracking. Austin is this week's choice for Prospect Watch Hitter of the Week after batting .381 with a .440 OBP and slugging an outlandish 1.048. In six games, Austin had eight hits, six of them for extra bases (four homers, two doubles), while driving in 12 runs. The highlight was a two-homer, seven-RBI game against Hickory.
The 20-year-old, who is now settling into a corner outfield spot after coming into the system as a third baseman, has been swinging a hot bat for most of the season. For the year, Austin has hit .348/.404/.831 with nine homers and 25 RBIs. He leads the South Atlantic League in homers, slugging and OPS, while standing fourth in batting average and RBIs.