Tigers Prospect Profile: Austin Schotts

The Tigers snagged high school outfielder Austin Schotts from Centennial High School in Texas. Can the Tigers pry Schotts away from his Oklahoma State commitment, and what would he bring to the table if so?

Austin Schotts
Position: Outfielder
Height: 5-11
Weight: 185
Born: 9/16/1993
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Background
Schotts served as one of three captains on the Centennial High baseball team this spring after playing a key role on the varsity team since his sophomore year.

Schotts helped lead his team to a 25-9 record this year before bowing out to Rockwall-Heath (home to the Tigers second round pick Jake Thompson) in the regional quarterfinals.

After a monster year that pushed him many draft boards, Schotts was named Texas 9-4A Offensive Player of the Year. He is committed to Oklahoma State University.

Scouting Report
Schotts is a middle-of-the-diamond athlete that starred for his high school football team as a safety. He is an aggressive player that gets the most out of his tools.

A shortstop in high school, Schotts doesn't have the arm to profile on the left side of the infield in pro ball. Scouts are mixed on whether he would profile better at second base or in center field, but given his speed, the Tigers will push him to the outfield immediately.

Schotts has earned 70 grades for his running ability, both from home to first and in the 60-yard dash. He gets underway quickly and at his top speed he can flat out fly. His instincts on the bases are still pretty rough and his speed actually plays down in game situations, but scouts believe that should change with more experience.

He has little experience in the outfield but given his athleticism and speed, he has the raw tools to fit at the position, and scouts are nearly unanimous in their belief that he has the potential to be an above-average defender. His arm grades from below-average to fringy but should be playable in center field.

Aside from his speed and athleticism, Schotts earns plenty of high marks for his hitting ability. He has a simple swing that gets to the zone on time and he employs above-average to plus bat speed. He is more polished that many two-way high school players, showing a decent idea of an approach at the plate. He projects to hit for average as a pro and shouldn't be completely dependent on hits to get on base.

Schotts profile with average power for an up the middle player, featuring the ability to drive the ball to the gaps and the potential for 10-12 home runs at his peak. With his speed, he could pile up doubles and triples while also punching the ball over the fence.

Schotts' athleticism and across-the-board potential make him an exciting player that could play at the top of the order and be an impact big leaguer if everything comes together.

Performance

Not available

Health Record
Schotts has not had any major injuries in his career.

The Future
Schotts has a strong commitment to Oklahoma State and that may require the Tigers going just over the designated slot to get him signed.

Assuming he signs, he will spend the summer in the Gulf Coast League earning his stripes in pro ball. He has enough polish in his game that he could start the 2013 season with West Michigan and then his performance will dictate his progression, though he is not expected to move better than a level at a time once in full-season ball.

Mark Anderson is TigsTown's Managing Editor. Be sure to follow him on twitter @TigsTownMark.


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