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Austin Slater

#13 | CF/LF/RF
San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants
Austin Slater
Name: Austin Thomas Slater
Born: Dec 13, 1992 in Jacksonville, FL
High School: Bolles School, Jacksonville
College: Stanford
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 197 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 8th round (238th overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 2014 (signed for $200,000)
Slater entered his senior season at The Bolles School in Jacksonville--Chipper Jones' alma mater--as one of the top players in Florida, but a broken ankle and Stanford commitment short-circuited his season and draft stock. He didn't sign with the Dodgers as a 44th-round pick in 2011, then hardly played as a Stanford freshman, getting seven at-bats. A shortstop in high school, he earned time in the outfield as a sophomore and became a regular there as a junior, emerging as the Cardinal's top hitter. Slater has intriguing size and athleticism at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds with above-average speed. He played third base in summer ball the last two years in the New England and Cape Cod leagues, and could move back to the infield in pro ball, with his solid-average arm strength making third base or perhaps second base options. Slater's swing has some stiffness to it, but he stays inside the ball well and shows power to the gaps. It may not be enough power for a corner profile, however.
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