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Austin Riley

#83 | 3B
Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves
Austin Riley
Name: Michael Austin Riley
Born: Apr 2, 1997 in Memphis, Tenn. USA
High School: DeSoto Central HS, Southaven, Miss.
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (41st overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2015 (signed for $1,600,000)
As one of the top two-way prospects in this year's draft class, Riley has presented a riddle for scouts to solve this spring. Entering the year, the prevailing opinion was leaning toward him becoming a pitcher as a professional. But he's done better as a hitter this season and more scouts have come around to see him as a future position player. Riley provides significant power in both positions. Listed at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, he produces good bat speed and has plus power potential. He has the arm strength for third base, but he'll always be offense over defense as a position player. On the mound, he can get his fastball up to 95 mph, but more typically sits 90-91. His breaking ball has average potential and he shows some feel for his changeup. While pro scouts deliberate how to potentially use Riley, there is no such debate at Mississippi State, where he is committed. He will continue to play both positions if he gets to Starkville.
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