Sophomore Spotlight: Austin Dearing (Hurricane)

Dan Williams
West Virginia Director of Scouting

As we move into the winter months and begin preparations for 2018 we will periodically highlight prospects that have made an impression over the summer and fall. Today we take a look at Austin Dearing OF (Hurricane).

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Austin Dearing

Class of 2020 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: Hurricane
    State: WV
  • Summer Team: Huntington Hounds
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/R


Max FB
80 - 82
65 - 66
70 - 73
OF Velo
Exit Velo
OF Velo
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

7/12/17 6-foot-1 185-pound left-handed hitter sets up neutral and initiates swing with short knee to knee leg kick and stride. Swing is short with quick, loose hands and direct path to baseball. Bat is on plane throughout the zone with exceptional balance and rhythm present. Separation is achieved through solid weight shift moving away from hands and aggressive lower half turn. Their is good extension at point of contact and finish through the baseball. An 83 mph bat exit velocity was recorded which should improve with physical maturity. Swing mechanics suggest bat will play to both contact and gap to gap power.

Defensively, Dearing showed athletic actions in OF. He was comfortable running and tracking in drop step. Benefit would be gained from getting behind baseball more consistently and staying in line on throws.

Although hit tool is presently most advanced Dearing did show ability to repeat delivery and stay in line off mound. He would benefit from better glove hand/elbow connection to front hip in preventing early front side opening and associated arm drag. FB was thrown at 76 mph and with relatively little movement. CB sat 65-66 mph had 10-4 shape. Change up sat 70-73 with subtle arm side fade.

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