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2016 Mets draft profile: RHP Austin McGeorge

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With their eighth selection in the 2016 draft (Round 7, Pick 220), the Mets selected Austin McGeorge, a right-handed from California.

Name: Austin McGeorge
Born: Anaheim, California
Age: 21 (8/27/94)
Height/Weight: 6'2"/210 lbs
Position: RHP
Bats/Throws: R/R
School: California State University, Long Beach (Long Beach, California)

Austin McGeorge, born in Anaheim, California, attended Canyon High School in Santa Clarita County, the same high school that major leaguers Erik Hiljus, Chris Seddon, Keith Smith, Cory Snyder, Buck Britton, and Zack Britton attended. A four-year letter winner, McGeorge helped Canyon to a 22-6 record and league championship thanks to an MVP season that saw him post a .325 batting average and 1.20 ERA on the mound. He went undrafted and attended California State University at Long Beach. He appeared in only three games as a freshman, but appeared in 31 and 32 games as a sophomore and junior, respectively.

McGeorge throws from a low 3/4 arm slot and gets on top of the ball well, giving it a downward plane. He hides the ball well, too, utilizing a leg kick, tucking his body in during his delivery, and wrapping his arm behind his back as he winds up.

McGeorge is a strike-thrower, primarily employing a fastball and a slider. His fastball is fringe-average, and average at best, sitting in the high-80s and low-90s. His best pitch is his slider, a pitch that some scouts have graded as a plus pitch, or even a plus-plus pitch. It sits in the low-80s and features depth and late action. The pitch is especially effective against right-handed hitters, prompting them to flail at the pitch despite having no chance.