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 Home Address: 1278 Cabelas Dr. Apt. #511 Buda, Texas 78610

  Height: 5' 9"

Weight: 170

Position: Shortstop   Bats: R    Throws: R  

Perfect Game Rankings: 2016 Rankings #240 overall prospect in the country. 44th Ranked Shortstop in the country. 

 

Coaching Contacts 

J.D. Heilmann 1-513-917-1088

Current: University of Cincinnati, Assistant Coach

Tommy Nicholson 1-512-748-4428

Current: Stanford University, Assistant Coach

Drew Bishop 1-512-748-2130

Current: University of Texas, Director of Baseball Operations

 

Current Team

2018 - LSU-Shreveport

 

Former Teams 

2017 - Baltimore Redbirds - Cal Ripken League (Baltimore, Maryland)

2017 - University of Texas (Austin)

2016 - Midland Redskins (Cincinnati, Ohio)

2016 - W.C. Akins High School (Austin, Texas)

2015 - Midland Redskins (Cincinnati, Ohio)

2015 - W.C. Akins High School (Austin, Texas)

2014 - Midland Redskins (Cincinnati, Ohio)

2014 - Midland Tomahawks (Cincinnati, Ohio)

2014 - W.C. Akins High School (Austin, Texas)

2013 - USA Baseball National Team Trials 15u (Cary, North Carolina)

2013 - Garciaparra Baseball Group (Los Angeles, California)

2013 - W.C. Akins High School (Austin, Texas)

2012 - USA Baseball National Team 14u (Cary, North Carolina)

2012 - Twelve Baseball (College Station, Texas)

 

Athletic Career Highlights

3 Time Rawlings Perfect Game All-American

4 Time All District Nominee (15-5A and 14-6A)

3 Time Battle of the Borders All American

3 Time Area Code Invitee

1st Team Perfect Game All Region -Texas

Under Amour Pre-Season All American

Perfect Game Pre Draft National Showcase - Rawlings Top Prospect

Perfect Game National Showcase Underclass - Rawlings Top Prospect 

Perfect Game National Showcase Underclass - Rawlings Top Prospect Team

Perfect Game Sunshine South Showcase - Top Prospect Team

WWBA World Championship - All Tournament Team

Austin Area Coaches Association All Star Game

USA Baseball National Team Trials (15u)

 USA Baseball National Team (14u) 

 

Academic Career Highlights

Ranked #6 out of 575 students - Class of 2016

Top 2% of 2016 Class

Graduated with a GPA of 4.2

Graduated with Highest Honors

4 Time Academic All District

4 Time Austin ISD Trustee Award Nominee

1st Team Academic All State

Represented W.C. Akins High School at the Captain's Academy at the University of Texas

W.C. Akins High School Pride and Leadership Award 

 


VIDEOS


Texas - AB vs. Schimpf


Texas - AB vs. McKenzie

 


Texas - AB vs. Schimpf (2)


Texas - AB vs. Henly

 


Texas - Throwing out Base Runner at 2B

 


Texas - Catching Morgan Cooper

 


2015 PERFECT GAME NATIONAL SHOWCASE VIDEO  (please see links below)   

Workouts - (min 12:42) 60 yard dash - 6.91 / (hr 3:15) Hitting

https://iframe.dacast.com/b/53404/f/223978 

60 yard dash (Front View)

http://www.baseballwebtv.com/Video.aspx?videoID=129078 

Hitting (Open Side View)

http://www.baseballwebtv.com/Video.aspx?videoID=129079

Game 1 - 11 Vegas Gold vs. 12 White - (min 2:16) AB1 vs. Reggie Lawson / (hr 1:15) AB2 vs. Dakota Donovan

https://iframe.dacast.com/b/53404/f/223974

Game 2 - 11 Vegas Gold vs. 12 White - (min 12:00) AB1 vs. Alec Marsh

https://iframe.dacast.com/b/53404/f/224008 


Round Rock Classic (1)

February 25, 2016


Round Rock Classic (2)

February 25, 2016


Round Rock Classic (3)

February 25, 2016


Akins vs. Hays ( Top 7 5-5 Austin hitting go ahead HR) Pitch: Slider

April 28, 2015

 

 


Akins vs. Lockhart (2 Run Home Run) - Pitch: Fastball inside

February 17, 2015


Akins vs. Alumni ( 2B to RCF )

February 21, 2015


Akins vs. Alumni ( Home Run LCF ) - Pitch: Fastball up

February 21, 2015


AustinMcNicholasRH Batting Practice

September 7, 2014

 

 


Batting Practice - Perfect Game National Underclass (Fort Myers, Florida)

December 29, 2013


Triple with 2 RBI's - Perfect Game National Underclass (Main Event) Fort Myers, Florida


Working out with Courtney Hawkins (13th Overall Pick in 2012 MLB Draft)

November 21, 2013


Hitting with Courtney Hawkins (13th Overall Pick in 2012 MLB Draft)

November 21, 2013


Midland vs. Ontario Blue Jays (6-3 out) Austin McNicholas

August 2, 2014

 


Midland vs. Ontario Blue Jays (Double Play) Austin McNicholas

August 2, 2014


Midland vs. D-Bat (6-3 out) Austin McNicholas

August 3, 2014

 


Midland vs. D-Bat (Double Play) Austin McNicholas

August 3, 2014


Midland vs. D-Bat (6-4 Force Out) Austin McNicholas

August 1, 2014

 


Midland vs. SVG Arsenal (Backhand Play) Austin McNicholas

August 30, 2014


Midland vs. SVG Arsenal (Saving a run) Austin McNicholas

August 30, 2014

 


15u USA National Team Trials - Cary, North Carolina (USA Baseball Training Complex)

July 15, 2013

 


15u USA National Team Trials - Chapel Hill, North Carolina (UNC)

July 17, 2013

 


Fielding slower roller for a out - Austin Akins vs. San Antonio Roosevelt

February 23, 2013


NEWS ARTICLES


Patrick Ebert of Perfect Game on Twitter

January 1, 2014


Todd Gold of Perfect Game on Twitter

December 28, 2013


Rising sophomores set for USA Baseball's team trials

July 3, 2013

http://www.statesman.com/weblogs/varsity-news/2013/jul/03/rising-sophomores-set-usa-baseballs-team-trials/

Two Austin-area baseball players will play for a spot on a national team's roster.

Round Rock's Mason Thompson and Akins' Austin McNicholas are two of the 40 players that have made USA Baseball's 2013 15U National Team Trials roster. The trials will be held from July 13-18 in Cary, N.C., and the two players will be competing for two of 20 roster spots on the 15U National Team.

Thompson and McNicholas are two of the three Texans that will be at the USA Baseball National Training Complex-hosted trials. In total, 14 states will be represented and players from two additional states - Utah and Tennessee - are listed among the event's 11 alternates.

Thompson and McNicholas just completed their freshman years of high school. Thompson, a right-handed pitcher, verbally committed to the University of Texas' baseball program in May, and McNicholas, an infielder, pledged to the Longhorns on Tuesday.


SS Austin McNicholas 5-10/150 Akins High School-Commits to Texas

July 2, 2013

http://insidetexas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39652

 
The young man that committed today is Austin McNicholas from Akins High School.. Akins High school is not normally known for producing top talent and talent that is so young still. Austin just completed his Freshman year where he was the MVP of the 2013 Eagles baseball program and a 2nd-team All-District pick at shortstop.

Perfect Game - Sunshine South Top Prospect Team

June 6, 2013

http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=8585

SS Austin McNicholas (2016/Akins HS, Austin, TX): McNicholas is just beginning to put some strength on his young 5-10/150 frame but he already has some next level tools and shows plenty of polish to his game at a young age.


USA Baseball (NTIS) Article

August 22, 2012

http://web.usabaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120822&content_id=37154350&vkey=news_usab&gid=

Austin McNicholas played for South Texas in the 2011 NTIS and performed well in front of the USA Baseball coaching staff and scouts. The NTIS gave him the opportunity to compete against the best players in the country, and gain valuable baseball experience. His performance earned McNicholas an invitation to participate in the inaugural 2012 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

"If it wasn't for the NTIS I wouldn't have been able to play for the 14U NTDP and learn from professionals like Bob Watson and J.D. Closser," McNicholas said.

Playing for USA Baseball in the 14U NTDP also provided McNicholas with a chance to learn from some of the best coaches in the country. Along with Watson and Closser, McNicholas worked former major leaguers Paul Shuey and James Baldwin, and Division I baseball coaches like Arizona State's Tim Esmay and Kentucky's Gary Henderson.


Perfect Game Article

July 2, 2012

http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=7335

Twelve Baseball stesses development

Three position players stood out at the plate in Twelve's first three wins here Sunday and Monday. Shortstop Austin McNicholas was 5-for-6 (.833) with a triple, four RBIs and four runs; first baseman Ryan Leckich went 3-for-8 (.375) with two triples and five RBIs; and outfielder Bryan Sturges was also 3-for-8 (.375) with a home run and four RBIs.


Former Houston Astros pitcher tries to help youngsters buck the Major League odds

March 19, 2012

http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/03-19-12-former-houston-astros-pitcher-chris-sampson-tries-to-help-youngsters-buck-the-major-league-odds/

 A early standout was Austin McNicholas, who not only plays shortstop, but also pitches and catches and is a current member of the 2012 14U USA National Team.

“He is from Austin and traveled down to Houston to play full time with us," Sampson says. "Even as a kid, he leads by example. He doesn't say much, but he works his butt off, and has that quiet confidence about him.

"He wants to succeed and wants to win – all very important attributes for any good athlete.