Austin resides in Forsyth, Ga., with his wife, Hope, with whom he celebrated their wedding on Dec. 16, 2022, in Charleston, S.C…they have a dog, Rosie...Graduated from First Presbyterian Day School (Ga.) in 2015, the same school that LHP Richard Lovelady attended...he pitched to a 2.19 career ERA and was captain of the football team...Pitched at Mercer University (Ga.) from 2016-18, where he led the club with 17 starts as a junior...his 12.7 K/9 rate was the 2nd-highest mark in all of DI baseball, behind only 2022 AL All-Star Shane McClanahan at the University of South Florida (14.1).
Spent the entire 2022 season with Triple-A Omaha after earning his second consecutive invitation to Major League Spring Training...Made 29 appearances (24 starts) for the Storm Chasers, in which he went 7-7 and recorded his first career save while maintaining a 4.21 ERA (69 ER in 147.1 IP) and a career-high 105 strikeouts.
Appeared in 15 games (all starts) for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, going 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA (21 ER in 63.0 IP), striking out 56 hitters with 25 walks....His final Double-A start was Game 1 of the Double-A Central Championship Series, when he allowed three runs on six hits in 4.0 innings vs. Wichita....Earned a promotion to Triple-A Omaha on Sept. 26, where he pitched in two games (1 start).
Spent the season at the Alternate Training Site in Kansas City, Kansas...Also participated in the Royals’ postseason camp at Kauffman Stadium in October.
Named a South Atlantic League midseason All- Star, splitting the year between Lexington (A) and Wilmington (A+)...His eight victories overall trailed only Brady Singer (12), Jonathan Bowlan (11) and Kris Bubic (11), for most among Royals minor league hurlers...Went 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA (10 ER in 50.1 IP) over his last eight starts with the Legends…tossed 6.1 innings of one-hit ball on May 28 at West Virginia, which earned him SAL Pitcher of the Week honors...Joined Wilmington on June 23…recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts and no walks over 7.0 innings on July 23 vs. Potomac, his sixth start with the Blue Rocks...Tossed 12.0 scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts (three walks) over two postseason starts, including 6.0 innings of one-hit ball in a Game 4 victory (2-0) in the Carolina League Championship Series.
Recorded 51 strikeouts in 33.1 innings (13.8 K/9) in his first professional season, pitching at Burlington (Rookie)...Fanned a season-high nine batters over 3.2 innings in his second pro start, July 2 at Bluefield…matched that total over 5.0 innings in his next outing, July 8 vs. Greeneville...Collected his first victory on July 22, allowing one earned run on five hits over 5.0 innings, in a 9-2 triumph at Greeneville.