Austin Bestul
Austin Bestul
Austin Bestul
Austin Bestul
Austin Bestul
Austin Bestul
Austin Bestul
Austin Bestul
Austin Bestul
Austin Bestul
Austin Bestul

CLASS OF 2021

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OF

Austin
Bestul

Indianapolis
Elkhorn (HS) • WI
5-9 • 170LBS • R/R
Travel Team: GRB Rays

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9/13/20

Ranked inside Wisconsin’s top-40, Bestul continues to look like one of his state’s top uncommitted talents – with two-way potential, too. He has a strong, compact 5-foot-9 frame, and his athleticism helps him shine as a middle infielder on defense. And there’s sneaky arm strength here that works efficiently on the mound. Sunday, Bestul relieved Vincent Trapani and showed velocity, sitting 86-88 mph with a sweeping breaking ball. The tools here look promising to fit in some form at the next level.


7/14/20

Positional Profile: SS/RHP; a tooled-up two-way player still uncommitted in the state’s senior class.
Body: 5-9, 170-pounds. Athletic frame, strong lower half.
Hit: RH. Balanced setup with a slightly open base, minimal load, quick toe-turn timing trigger. Quiet pre-pitch actions.  Simple swing, quick hands, short bat path with an optimal amount of elevation, gap-to-gap approach. Feel for the barrel, loose juice to the pull-side.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Max exit speed of 93.81 mph and an average exit speed of 87.76 mph in BP, per TrackMan, with a max flyball distance of 350 ft.
Arm: RH. INF - 86 mph. Short and loose arm action, 3/4 slot that works from multiple angles on the move. Above-average arm speed for age.
Defense: Athletic feet, quick first step, controlled actions on the move. Steady hands, quick funnels, clean to release, smooth double play actions.
Run: 7.08 runner in the 60. 

3/15/20

Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-foot-9, 160-pounds. Smaller frame with strength throughout.
Delivery: Squared start working off left edge of rubber; rhythmic side step to high knee and slight hip turn. Shoulders close while leg swings down and out to closed toe-closed landing. Athletic finish.
Arm Action: RH. Long draw, compact arm circle, quick arm action from a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T82, 80-82 mph. Straight, four-seam type.
CB: 64-65 mph. Some feel for spin; tight 12/6 shape, depth.
CH: 70-73 mph. Mostly maintains arm speed; fading action. 

Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, short stride and hand load, rhythmic pre pitch. Slight uphill bat plane, short to contact, showed hard pull side contact in BP, in rhythm hitter.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 89 mph. Short, loose from a high 3/4 slot; advanced arm strength, natural carry to target.
Defense: Easy, smooth actions; quick and fluid feet help gather ball in rhythm. Exchanges are clean, with glove pack, while working through the ball. Ranges well with shortstop traits at the next level.
Run: 6.98 runner in the 60. Well above average runner.

3/10/19

Positional Profile: INF/RHP
Body: 5-foot-9, 152-pounds. Smaller frame with athletic proportional build.
Delivery: Short rocker into tall balance point, slight drop and drive, lands closed toe and stays on line with balance and athleticism.
Arm Action: RH. Slight plunge on back side, creates some length, loose action above average arm speed, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T83, 81-83 mph. Above average feel, ability to repeat in the strike zone, showed arm side run.
CB: 64-66 mph. 12/6 shape, sharp action, near fastball arm speed, ability to drop for strikes.
CH: 71-73 mph. Fastball arm speed, plays to arm side with action and feel.

Run: 7.11 runner in the 60. 
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, reverse lift trigger to longer stride, dives at times. Path is loose, uphill finish, some lift.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. 
Defense: Actions played well on the move, hands cushion the baseball into clean exchange, steady defender.
Arm: RH. INF - 83 mph. Carries across the diamond, short action, high 3/4 slot, can play athletically.

7/23/18

5-foot-8, 145-pound, well-proportioned, right-handed hitting infielder. At the plate, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, smooth load, long stride, utilizes lower half in swing and maintains balance through contact. Aggressive swing, short, uphill bat path, gap-to-gap, middle of the field approach, hard contact and fluid rhythm. 86 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, fluid feet, maintanis body control on the move, soft hands. Clean exchange, long arm action, high ¾ slot, highly-accurate arm, throws carry across the diamond at 84 mph. 4.68 runner, home-to-first.

6/20/18

5-foot-8, 145-pound two-way player, athletic frame. Right-handed hitter, balanced setup with smooth loading action, short reverse load stride, good balance throughout. Bat path is short, line drive gap to gap contact, fluid rhythm. Athletic hands, works the middle of the field. 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Defensively arm action is loose, some length, high ¾ slot, carry across the infield, 81 mph. Hands played soft, out front, fluid actions, plays through the baseball. 7.33 runner in the 60. On the mound arm plays over the top long action, plunges in back, regular effort. Works in rhythm, lands square with closed toe. Fastball is straight, 77-79 mph, touched 80 mph. Curveball plays with 11/5 shape, 62-66 mph. Changeup sinks, 68-71 mph.

3/11/18

5-foot-7, 140-pound infielder, lean build, wide shoulders, can carry additional strength. Right-handed hitter, balanced setup, reverse load trigger, long stride at times. Occasional front foot contact, level path, uses hands, 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm action is long and loose, high ¾ slot, above average arm strength for age, 83 mph across. Plays through the baseball, athletic defender, clean hands. 7.34 runner in the 60.

3/12/17

5-foot-5, 127-pound infielder. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride, good balance. Path is level, showed looseness, hits in rhythm, 75 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm action is long high ¾ slot, 75 mph arm across the diamond. Plays through the baseball, showed actions, with hands playing out front. 7.64 runner in the 60.

4/03/16

5-foot-2, 106-pound right-handed hitting second baseman with a wiry, athletic frame. Defensively has a short arm action from a ¾ slot. Athletic actions with active footwork and a quick, clean exchange. Gets in good position to field the ball with soft hands. Threw 66 mph across the infield. Offensively hits form an open stance with a short stride and good balance. Line drive hitter with a short swing path. 71 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.87.

Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 5-foot-9, 153-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall and balanced setup, minimal load, long toe tap stride. Flashed quick bat speed, short and uphill path to the baseball, fluid rhythm.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 88 mph. Long arm action out of a high 3/4 slot. Throws to first were accurate and showed carry.
Defense: Quick feet, clean exchanges, plays through the baseball.
Run: 6.92 runner in the 60. 

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