AB 1900
AVG .283
OBP .361
SLG .383
HR 20
  • Full name Austin Anthony Wates
  • Born 09/02/1988 in Seattle, WA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 209 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Virginia Tech
  • Drafted in the 3rd round (90th overall) by the Houston Astros in 2010 (signed for $550,000).
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    Scouts have had a hard time pinning down Wates this season because he profiles as a center fielder but plays right and first base for the Hokies. Ranked as the No. 15 prospect in the Cape last summer, Wates is a good athlete with a good track record of hitting for average. He has a medium-sized frame at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds and is an above-average runner. His arm is below-average but playable in center. He has below-average power as well, but it's not part of his game. Scouts universally describe his swing as unorthodox. It's not the typical short, flat path that you find in pure hitters and has a little bit of loop to it. Even so, he manages to consistently put the barrel on balls and does a good job working deep counts. Through 178 at-bats this spring, Wates was hitting .382/484/.624 with 25 extra-base hits and 15 stolen bases. He walked (29) more than he struck out (24) and leads Virginia Tech in runs with 51.

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  • Rated Best Baserunner in the Pacific Coast League in 2014

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