Austin Yount

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Austin Yount

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Biographical Information[edit]

Austin Yount is the son of major leaguer Larry Yount, the nephew of Hall of Famer Robin Yount, the brother of Cody Yount, and the cousin of minor leaguer Dustin Yount and US women's national team player Mackenzie Vandergeest.

Austin was All-Arizona in 2004-2005. He was a Collegiate Baseball first team All-American high school pick in 2004 and was also the Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year. In 2004, he hit .480 and went 8-1 with a 0.50 ERA, setting a school record for lowest ERA. He played for Team USA in the 2004 World Junior Championship, going 0 for 6 at the plate. As a pitcher in the World Junior Championship, Austin retired three of four batters he faced, allowing a single to the other one. As a senior, he batted .475 and had a 8-1, 1.32 record. He drove in 10 runs in one game, a school record. Yount hit .143 and had a 1-1, 8.36 record for the St. Cloud River Bats of the 2005 Northwoods League.

Yount proceeded to Stanford University in 2006. He went 4-0 with a 2.84 ERA and a save in 16 games. He was 5 for 36 with 3 doubles, a triple and a homer and 7 RBI at the plate to slug .361. He fielded .815. On February 4, he homered and he won a game the next day; no Stanford player had done both in the same season since Nate Olmstead in 1993.

That summer, Yount played for the Kenai Peninsula Oilers, hitting .214 while having a 1-1, 3.12 record.

In 2007, Austin went 9 for 39 at the plate. On the mound, he struggled, going 3-1 with a save and a 6.21 ERA in 18 games. In the summer, he played for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League, batting .192; on the mound, he had two saves and a 5.87 ERA.

Yount hit .353/.441/.490 in 51 AB in 2008, playing two games at third base but pinch-hitting or being a DH at times. As a pitcher, he went 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 7 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers chose him in the 12th round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Yount debuted as a pro with the 2008 Ogden Raptors, hitting .301/.396/.434 in 33 games. He fielded only .789 on the infield and played mostly DH as a result.