Austin James Dean...attended Klein Collins HS in Spring, Texas... was named a preseason All-American by Baseball America prior to his senior season, and ranked No. 84 in the nation by Perfect Game USA...batted .379 with 12 homer runs and 45 RBI as a senior, earning All-Greater Houston Team and Texas Coaches Association All-State Team honors...had scholarship offer to University of Texas prior to signing with Marlins...is a self-taught graphic designer and pianist...German Shepard enthusiaist...flies drones.
Contract selected on August 15 from Triple-A New Orleans and made MLB debut that night at Atlanta, starting in left field and going 0x3... Homered for first career hit on August 17 at Washington; was 11th Marlins player to homer for first career hit, according to the Elias Sports Bureau...Set career high with three RBI on September 22 vs. Cincinnati...At the time of his selection, his 137 hits ranked tied for eighth among all minor leaguers. Also, he was tied for fourth in the Pacific Coast League in average (.326; 103x316) and ranked seventh in OBP (.397)...Had two-homer games on August 11 vs. Iowa with Baby Cakes and April 22 at Tennessee with Jumbo Shrimp...Had 39 multi-hit games in 109 outings between his two Minor League clubs, including 10 three-hit games and three fourhit games (April 11 vs. Mobile, May 15 vs. Omaha, August 4 at Albuquerque)...Opened the season at Jacksonville and appeared in 22 games in April, batting .420 (34x81) with 13 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, three home runs, 14 RBI, a .466 on-base percentage, and a .654 slugging percentage...Named Southern League Player of the Week for April 16-22 after batting .520 (13x25) with six runs scored, three doubles, a triple, two homers, six RBI, a .571 OBP, and a .960 SLG in seven games...Performance earned him Southern League Player of the Month award, his first career Monthly award...Had an 18-game on-base streak from April 5-24 (.500; 32x64)... Promoted to New Orleans on April 29...In 87 games with Baby Cakes prior to being selected by Miami, batted .326 (103x316) with 58 runs scored, 12 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, 54 RBI, a .397 OBP, and a .475 SLG...Named PCL Player of the Week for August 6-12 after batting .647 (11x17) with seven runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, a .700 on-base percentage, and a 1.353 slugging percentage in five games. It marked his second Weekly award of the season, and the third of his career (also, May 4-10, 2015 in Florida State League)...At time of selection, was batting .465 (20x43) in 11 games in August, with 15 runs scored, seven doubles, four home runs, and 12 RBI...Had a six-game hitting streak when selected (.571; 12x21, seven runs scored, three doubles, three homers, seven RBI)...Also had a hit in 18 of last 21 games for the Baby Cakes (.420; 34x81, eight doubles, four homers, 19 RBI)...Had a 17-game on-base streak from May 30-June 18 (.313; 21x67).