The 19-year-old was selected from Salisbury School (Conn.), where he pitched a post-graduate year after excelling at Xaverian (Mass.) High. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound hurler is expected to begin his professional career with the Gulf Coast Yankees.
"Austin is a special talent," said Salisbury head coach John Toffey. "The first thing I think you notice about him is his size and how well his arm works. His arm looks really easy, his fastball is 91 to 96 mph, and one of the things that really sets him apart is the curveball. He's got a classic 12-6 curveball, so you're looking at two plus pitches right there.
"I think he has the makings of a plus changeup. He obviously didn't need to use the changeup at our level a whole lot this year, because he was dominant the entire season. It's one of the best seasons I've ever had the privilege to coach."