UK Baseball and Head Coach Nick Mingione picked up another big win on the recruiting trail. Class of 2018 Austin Schultz has picked the SEC and UK. Schultz goes to high school in Nebraska and was awarded the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year in the state.
— Austin Schultz (@AustinSchultz23) August 9, 2017
The 5’10” 185 Schultz is a middle infielder and outfielder for Norris High. Schultz hit .466 with 5 home runs in 29 games last season. More impressively he had 25 stolen bases to go with the strong average. He was also a first team all-state selection. He also had a video game-esque .560 and .534 on base percentage as a sophomore and junior.
“Austin Schultz is a tremendous baseball player,” said Kyle McCright, head coach at Elkhorn High. “He has a nice, smooth swing and a very strong arm, and he has game-changing speed.”
Schultz attended the Rocky Mountain Showcase in May and received a grade of 9.5 out of 10 at the event. Below is the scouting report of how Schultz was graded.
2017 Rocky Mountain Showcase
PG Grade: 9.5
“Austin Schultz is a 2018 SS/2B, OF with a 5-10 185 lb. frame from Adams, NE who attends Norris. Medium frame with a strong, athletic build. Ran a 6.46 sixty-yard dash. Primary shortstop with very athletic, quick feet while ranging for and rounding the baseball.
Clean glove actions while funneling the baseball with quick exchanges through transfer. Showed the ability to throw with accuracy from multiple arm slots while on the run. Throws generated on line carry to the bag topping at 86 miles per hour. Right handed hitter with an upright, even stance and simple leg lift trigger.
Shifts into contact with with linear lower half actions. Direct path to contact with a naturally leveraged plane. Good present bat speed and strength at contact and swung with intent. Aggressively turned the barrel to contact generating loud, hard contact to all fields throughout batting practice and game play.
Good student. Named to the 2017 Rocky Mountain Showcase Top Prospect List.”
Below are some videos of Schultz: