Scouting Report: Austin Urban – Orioles Twenty Seventh Round Pick

Scouting Report (via MLB Bonus Baby and Baseball America):

  • some scouts see him as a #3 starter, some see him in the bullpen
  • 88-91 mph fastball, touches 93
  • flashes plus slider
  • fringe-average changeup

One scout called Urban “the flavor of the month” in April, when his fastball jumped into the 89-93 mph range with sink and occasional cut. He pitched mostly at 90-91 through the spring. Urban is not overly physical at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, and his long, loose, one-piece arm action evokes Jered Weaver, but with a higher slot. He flirts with a plus fastball, and the rest of his repertoire needs refinement. He’ll flash a slightly above-average slider every half-dozen times he throws it, but he’s still learning to command the pitch–not surprising considering he has pitched for just two years. He slows his arm speed to throw his changeup, yet it still comes out too hard. He has an even demeanor and plenty of potential, and a club could make a run at him in the top 10 rounds, but he’s more likely headed to Penn State.

Vitals & School:

  • Richland HS
  • DOB: 7/8/1992
  • RHP
  • 6′ 1″
  • 185 lbs.
  • Throws: Right
  • Bats: Switch

More info:

Commitment to Penn State

Video:

MLB.com Scouting Video

Overall Thoughts:

I was excited when I heard Urban’s name called and thrilled when I read his scouting report. However, Urban has a strong commitment to Penn State and is unlikely to sign.

2010 Orioles Draft Tracker

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3 Responses

  1. Natalie Urban
    Natalie Urban June 8, 2010 at 9:40 pm |

    Austin,
    We are so proud of you !!! And Baltimore will love you !!
    Love,
    Aunt Nat and Uncle Jeff

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 8, 2010 at 9:48 pm |

      You should be! O’s fans are happy to have him!

  2. Brandon Amy and Talas Mahon
    Brandon Amy and Talas Mahon June 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm |

    Congrats Austin you a great kid you deserve the opportunity… We are proud to have met you and Talas is proud to have been a team mate. Go with your gut. The Mahon’s