By Cody Schott
Austin Wilson â10 is making a case for joining the ranks of alumni like Josh Satin, Gabe Cohen and Jason Glushon, who are all pursuing their baseball careers at the collegiate and pro levels. The 6â4â, 200 lb. sophomore patrols centerfield and bats either second or third in the lineup (most teams reserve the third spot for the best hitter on the team).
Wilson began playing baseball at age five. A decade later, NCAA Division I programs have already begun to scout him. He doesnât favor any particular aspect of the game.
âI literally just love to play the game,â he said.
Not even the strange dimensions and the wall at Franklin Field can contain Wilson. He leads the team in home runs. His ultimate goal, though, is to join an elite class of baseball players known for their five-tool threat. The tools are hitting for both power and average, stealing bases and having a strong arm while playing a solid defense.
As of now, the power hitter believes he needs to focus less on his actual swing and more on hisÂ preparation for each at bat. To reach where he wants to be at, he needs to alter his routine.
âI think I really focus on how my swing is too much, instead of having the right approach when I get up to the plate,â Wilson said.
Coach Matt LaCour has also taken notice of Wilsonâs prowess.
âHe can play the game at a different level than most people, and the coaches are constantly trying to make him understand that,â he said.
LaCour also knows that the sophomore can improve in some fields of the game if he wishes to become a five-tool threat. He feels that Wilson needs to work on some defensive aspects such as throwing mechanics and getting reads in the outfield.
In terms of offense, LaCour wants him to be more prepared in the on-deck circle, and to use his speed as more of a weapon rather than just a side-thought.
âAll of these things need to be developed and cannot happen without him being in more game situations,â the coach said.
Growing up, Wilson played other sports. After middle school, though, Wilson decided it was time to focus on baseball.
âI felt like if I pursued it with a passion and worked hard, I could go a long way,â he said.
Despite his athleticism and ability, there is still something lacking from Wilsonâs game. He is still growing into a team leader.
âHis hustle and work ethic provide a good example for everyone. Vocally, he is still learning how to communicate with his teammates,â LaCour said.