White Sox Draft Profile: Brett Austin


Jun 16, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; NC State Wolfpack batter Brett Austin (11) gets a hit against the North Carolina Tarheels during the College World Series game at TD Ameritrade Park. NC State Wolfpack won 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox selected North Carolina State catcher Brett Austin with their fourth round selection in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Austin, a junior, was the 108th selection of the draft. His NC State teammate Carlos Rodon, a LHP, was the third overall selection of the draft, the first round draft choice of the White Sox.

In 54 games played for the Wolfpack this season, Austin (6-1, 190 pounds) batted .344 with 42 runs, 74 hits and 31 RBIs.

Of those 74 hits, 12 were doubles, five were triples and he also hit five home runs. His slugging percentage was .516, with an on-base percentage .414.

The White Sox also drafted two other catchers in the draft, selecting Michael Hollenbeck (Illinois) in the 23rd round (Pick No. 678) and Chandler Wagoner in Round 36 (No. 1068) out of Great Oak High School (CA).

Austin is also listed as an outfielder for the Wolfpack.

On the News & Observer web site, they quoted Austin in an article:

"“They (the White Sox) said they wanted to keep me and Carlos together,” Austin said. “I thought they were kidding. It’s funny how it worked out.”"

Big League Features wrote about the NC State catcher:

"“Brett has the ideal athletic build, solid development that you look for in catcher; He gives out a Dan Wilson type vibe. Good squat step footwork with solid late movement, clean set up. He displays plus blocking skills, real strength.”"

Austin tweeted the following on @brettaustin_3: