- Full name Bryan Christopher Augenstein
- Born 07/11/1986 in Sebastian, FL
- Profile Ht.: 6'6" / Wt.: 230 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Florida
- Debut 05/13/2009
Drafted in the 7th round (223rd overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007 (signed for $120,000).
View Draft ReportRighthander Bryan Augenstein took his regular turn in the Gators rotation each weekend and led the team in innings (103) and strikeouts (97), but didn't miss many bats and was generally underwhelming. The regular season came to an unceremonious end when Augenstein was roughed up for 14 hits and 11 runs (10 earned) against South Carolina. He's big and strong, but Augenstein's stuff lacks life and his secondary stuff is fringe-average. A third-team Preseason All-American, if he can rediscover the life on his high-80s fastball and improve his breaking ball, he could have value as a middle reliever.
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Augenstein raced through the minor leagues after signing as a seventh-round pick in 2007, making his major league debut last May. He got hit hard in two starts, then returned to the minors before resurfacing in Arizona's bullpen in September. Though Augenstein is 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, he doesn't overpower hitters. He sits at 86-89 mph with his sinker, varying his arm angle and usually operating from a low slot. He also features a sweeping 76-79 mph slider and an improving 78-81 mph changeup. He pounds the strike zone and keeps the ball down in the zone, though big league hitters quickly realized that and were able to take advantage of him. Besides working higher in the zone on occasion, he also needs to add more bite to his slider so he can miss more bats. Those who like Augenstein's upside think he can be a solid fourth or fifth starter in the majors. Those who don't question whether he'll be able to get outs at the higher levels. Unless Augenstein wows the Diamondbacks in big league camp, he'll start 2010 in Triple-A.
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- Rated Best Control in the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010
- Rated Best Control in the Midwest League in 2008