I was listening to the away game, against Kannapolis, the other night and heard a name I had not heard before. At first, he was just another name or just another guy to swing the bat. Then I looked further. His name was Austin Nola. Not knowing very much about him, I started to do a little bit of research, and this is what I found. Austin Graduated from LSU in 2012. Austin was named to the Perfect Game second-team All-America squad, and he received second-team All-America recognition from the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Austin was also a four-year starter at shortstop for the LSU Tigers, his batting average was a .299. He had 66 hits on 221 at bats this season with 16 doubles, one triple, four homers and 43 RBI’s. One of the nation’s top defensive players, he committed only five errors in 246 chances. Austin started in 219 games during his incredible LSU career, and he was selected in the fifth round of the MLB Draft earlier this month by the Miami Marlins.
Austin received his LSU degree last month in sports administration, he was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and he was twice named to the SEC Community Service Team. He also was a finalist for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which is presented annually to the senior baseball player who excels in four areas – community, classroom, character and competition.
So, after I read all his accomplishments, on and off the field, you can say I’m more than a little excited about this acquisition by the Marlins. His very first at bat for the Hoppers the other night was against kannapolis, and it was a homer to right field! What a way to start his career! With him coming on board with the Hoppers and when Austin and Brent start feeling better, and can come off the DL, I think we’ll be in great shape, and that is why I feel now and always, that IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!
Note: For those interested in how the futures game went for former Hoppers Jose Fernandez and Christian Yelich, you can get the full box score and recap at the link below. Jose threw one inning, allowed one hit and two strikeouts! Christian had two at bats, one hit, and one run! I would say the Hoppers were well represented in last nights game.