Austin Beck saw his high school career at North Davidson High School come to an end yesterday. The outfielder went out with a bang in the playoffs, going 4-4 with three home runs in a playoff loss for Roberson. He entered the game hitting .588/.710/1.176 on the year. He ended the season with 12 home runs, 28 walks and 11 strikeouts.

After missing out on summer ball last year after tearing his ACL and meniscus, Austin Beck has skyrocketed up draft boards this spring after showing he’s healthy. The outfielder is ranked 9th on both the Baseball America Top 200 and the MLB Pipeline Top 100 lists right now. It’s hard to put too much stock into high school stats because the level of competition is so uneven, but with top prospects in the draft, you want to see them dominate and Beck has certainly done that against his fellow North Carolina high school opponents.

Austin Beck Scouting Report

Hitting | His raw hit tool is an above-average one, but there are some concerns that he may not be able to get the most out of it. Scouts have noted that his approach can be a little bit aggressive at times and he’s had a struggle or two against good breaking balls at times this spring.

Power | This is where Austin Beck shines. When you combine his plus-plus bat speed and his strength you can see plus raw power in action with the potential for 25+ home runs in the future.

Speed | Despite coming off of a serious knee injury, Beck has shown plus speed this spring, which is even more impressive at a listed 6′ 1″ and 200 lbs.

Fielding | With plus speed he’s capable of remaining in center field if he’s able to improve his defensive reads/routes in the future.

Arm | He’s got an above-average arm that would play fine in right field if he eventually had to move off of center field.

Overall Thoughts

There have been some physical, and some tools comparisons made between Austin Beck and Mike Trout. On that basis, you can see the comparison between the two guys. The skills comparison, however, isn’t a fair one at least in terms of thinking someone is going to turn into Mike Trout. He’s arguably the best player that’s ever played to the point in his career at which he’s at.

With that said, Austin Beck has the kinds of tools that you could compare. He’s a plus runner at a size you just don’t see plus runners at. He’s got 25+ home run power as a possible center fielder. The entire package of tools is that of a true 5-tool player. All of his tools are 55 or better on the raw scale. There’s superstar potential with Austin Beck. He could be a 25+ home run, 25+ steal, quality hitting center fielder if everything goes right for him.

There is some concern with that, though. The knee injury cost him a chance to show what he could do with wooden bats last summer against top end pitching on the travel and national showcase circuit. That’s left some scouts uneasy, at least when thinking he could be a top five caliber pick. While Austin Beck won’t be the top player on my draft board, the superstar potential in this draft is limited and he’s got it. At #2 he would be a pick that I would support in a “shoot for the moon” scenario instead of taking lesser upside but perhaps a tad safer option.

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