MSU 2015 Commit Austin Riley Update

Mississippi State 2015 baseball commitment Austin Riley talks about the new low-seam ball that he used in the 17u WWBA tournament this past week.

  • Name: Austin Riley
  • Classification: 2015
  • Position: 3B/RHP
  • Ht, Wt: 6-foot-3, 235
  • High School: Desoto Central (MS) High School
  • Summer Travel Team: Dulin Dodgers
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    Pitching-wise, he really likes the new low-seam ball.

    "I love the new ball because I think I get more movement on my fastball and it also seems like it adds a little velocity to my fastball," said Riley, who consistently threw 90-94 miles per hour in his first outing at the 17u WWBA tournament. "My two-seam fastball moves more. It runs down and away from the hitters. That has helped me get a lot of groundball outs.

    "But it doesn't affect the off-speed pitches in a positive way because you can't get as good of a feel of the grip and the rotation (that you want). I think you just have to get used to where the release point needs to be."

    He used the low-seam ball at the Perfect Game National Showcase tournament and saw a spike in his velo there as well.

    "At the Perfect Game National (tournament) I was (consistently) 92-93," said Riley. "And I was using the low-seam ball there as well. I don't really know why it is faster, maybe the wind doesn't catch it as much as it did the high-seam ball."

    Hitting-wise, he doesn't think the low-seam ball will affect him that much. Like with the high-seam ball, he just has to watch the pitcher and adjust to what he sees from him.

    "Just like any other hitter, when you are on-deck you have to read the pitcher, see where the ball is coming out of his hand," said Riley.

    Another fact that he likes about the new ball is that it is very similar to what is used in the pros, primarily in the minor leagues.

    "I think it will help me in the long run if or when I get drafted, whether it be out of high school or after I go to college," said Riley. "It will help because I will already be used to the ball when I play in pro ball. I won't have to make the adjustment when I play in the minor leagues."

    Currently projected to be a high draft choice out of high school, Riley isn't really thinking much about that at the moment.

    "I don't worry about the draft right now," said Riley. "I will just let it take whatever route it takes. Then, when I have to make that decision I will make it. I just go up there every day and give it my best and just play baseball."

    When that time comes and if he is a high draft pick, he knows it will take a lot of money to take him away from playing at his dream school, Mississippi State.

    "It would have to be a lot of money to get me away from my commitment to Mississippi State," said Riley. "My dad and I talked about it and it would take life-changing money to do that."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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