Austin and his wife, Alexis, were married this offseason in downtown Atlanta, where they reside…the two then honeymooned in Antigua for a week...He loves to fish…the biggest fish he's ever caught was in Florida: an 80-pound tarpon that took an hour to reel in...Austin grew up rooting for Atlanta sports teams, especially the Braves, and calls Chipper Jones his favorite player...He began playing baseball as a 3-year-old and says it was his first sport and first love...His younger brother, Parker, is an outfielder selected by the Tigers in the second round of the 2018 June Draft…four and a half years younger, Parker is two inches taller than Austin at 6'5"… Austin was able to see Parker's draft selection on television.
Recalled from Triple-A Durham on Sep 20 and appeared in 10 games with 5 starts (4-RF, 1-DH) for the Rays…was acquired from the Pirates on July 31 as part of the Chris Archer trade and totaled 59 games (40 starts) in the majors...Appeared in 49 games and made 35 starts over two stints with the Pirates, his first career major league action…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, became the fifth player to debut in the expansion era (since 1961) to hit .400 with 4 HR within his first 40 AB, joining Albert Pujols, Jeff Francoeur, Brian Giles and Yasiel Puig...Named NL Rookie of the Month despite playing in only 13 games (11 starts) following his May 18 recall…hit .409/.426/.795 (18-for-44) with 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR and 7 RBI…became the first Pirate to receive the honor since Jung Ho Kang in July 2015…from the date of his debut through the end of the month, led NL rookies in avg., on-base pct. and slugging pct., tied for 2nd in home runs and ranked 3rd in RBI...On May 18 vs. SD, made his major league debut and went 2-for-4…his first career hit was a 4th-inning single off Tyson Ross...On May 20 vs. SD, hit his first career homer, a 2-run shot off Jordan Lyles in the 6th inning...Joined Durham after the trade and from Aug 1 through the end of the season, led the International League with 10 HR and ranked 2nd with 21 XBH…recorded a 2-HR game on Aug 11 vs. Scranton and a 3-HR game on Aug 29 at Charlotte...On Sep 20 at TOR, made his Rays debut and grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the 9th inning...On Sep 21 at TOR, in his second game with the Rays, became the third player in club history to record 3 hits in a game he didn't start, following Sam Fuld on Aug 28, 2012 at TEX and Aaron Ledesma on Aug 29, 1998 vs. DET (G1)…was the first Ray ever with 3 hits and 3 RBI off the bench...On Sep 29 vs. TOR, homered off Ryan Borucki in the 7th inning, giving the Rays a 3-2 lead in the 4-3 win…was his first homer with the Rays and snapped a streak of 43 games without one.
Entered season ranked as Pittsburgh's No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America...Was also rated by the same publication as the "Best Athlete" and having the "Best Strike Zone Judgment" in Pittsburgh's minor league system...Hit .261 (83-for-318) with 22 doubles, five home runs and 46 RBI in 81 minor league games during an injury-shortened campaign... Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis and produced one hit in his first 23 at bats...Had two hits and tallied first RBI on 4/12 vs. Columbus...Hit first home run on 4/14 at Toledo...Reached base safely in 13 straight games between 4/11-27...Hit .300 (33-for-110) with 10 doubles, two homers, 17 RBI and 28 runs scored in 27 games during the month of May...Placed on 7-day disabled list on 6/22 with a right hamstring strain...Hit .353 (12-for-34) with five extra-base hits and 10 RBI in nine rehab games with the GCL Pirates and West Virginia Black Bears between 7/28 and 8/13...Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from D.L. on 8/15... Went 8-for-30 (.267) in eight games with Indy between 8/16-27 before suffering an oblique strain on 8/27...Missed remainder of the season...Made 33 appearances (32 starts) in center field, 24 appearances (22 starts) in left field and 15 starts in right field while playing with Indianapolis and did not make an error.
Entered season ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's second-best prospect and as the 22nd-best overall (leapt to No. 10 in Baseball America's mid-season report)...Also entered season rated as the fourth-best outfield prospect by MLBpipeline.com... Hit a combined .266 (82-for-308) with 25 doubles, 11 triples, 12 home runs and 47 RBI in 87 games between Double-A Altoona, Indianapolis and the West Virginia Black Bears (rehab)...Missed beginning of campaign after suffering an orbital fracture after being hit in the face with a baseball...Was assigned to Altoona on 4/25...Made season debut on 4/25 and reached base on an infield single in his first at bat...Hit three triples in four games from 5/18-23...Homered for the first time as part of a 3-for-3 day while also collecting three RBI and two stolen bases on 5/30... Was named the Eastern League Player-of-the-Week for the week of 5/30 to 6/5 after hitting .444 in seven games with five triples, two homers, nine runs scored and two stolen bases for the week... Went deep in back-to-back games on 6/8 and 6/9...Tied Kevin Sefcik (21 games in 2002) for the longest hitting streak in Curve history on 6/12...Extended his hitting streak to 24 games with a first inning solo homer on 6/16; also compiled a 29-game onbase streak from 5/15 to 6/16...Established an Altoona record by hitting safely in 24 consecutive games before being promoted to Indianapolis on 6/18; hit .404 (38-for-94) during the streak, which was also the longest by an Eastern League player for the season...Was promoted to Indianapolis on 6/18...Hit safely in each of his first two Triple-A games to extend his streak to 26 games, the second-longest hitting streak by a Pirates minor leaguer since 2005 (Raul Fortunato hit safely in 36 straight games in 2009)... Was placed on the disabled list on 7/1 with a right hamstring injury...Was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game but did not play due to his hamstring injury...Began rehab assignment with the West Virginia Black Bears on 7/29...Came off the D.L. on 8/6 and had two hits in his first game back...Collected a careerhigh five RBI on 8/30 vs. Toledo...Recorded eight RBI over three games from 8/30 to 9/1...Had 16 of his 27 hits with Indianapolis go for extra bases...Was named the Eastern League's Most Exciting Player by Baseball America in early August.
Was ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's thirdbest prospect entering the season...Was named to the Florida State League mid- and post-season season All-Star teams...Led the Florida State League in hits; the most in a single season in Marauders history and the most by a Pirates minor leaguer since Rajai Davis in 2004 (160 hits); also paced the league in total bases (207)...Ranked third in the Florida State League in batting and runs scored and fifth in on-base percentage...Recorded a club-record 46 multi-hit games...Recorded five hits on 5/14 to become the fifth player in Marauders history to record at least five hits in a game...Went 2-for-4 in Double-A debut on 9/2 at Bowie...Hit a game-tying two-run home run in the ninth inning in Game One of the Western Division Series on 9/9 vs. Bowie...Was named to the Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit a two-run home run off Tigers prospect Adam Ravenelle... Finished sixth among Pirates minor leaguers in games played (127) and fifth in batting average.
Entered season ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's fourth-best prospect and as having the "Best Strike-Zone Discipline" in the system...Hit .400 during an eight-game hitting streak from 7/15-24...Was named the South Atlantic League Player-of-theWeek for the week of 8/4-10 after hitting .480 with four doubles, two homers and seven RBI for the week...Hit .329 in 22 games during the month of August.
Was named to the Gulf Coast League's post-season AllStar team...Finished third in the GCL in slugging percentage, tied for third in extra base hits (21) and fifth in total bases...Hit first professional home run on 7/22 against the GCL Braves...Homered in his first game with Jamestown on 8/31 and also in the final game of the regular season on 9/4...Went 4-for-11 with a homer and three RBI in two playoff games.