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Sox take athletic outfielder in sixth round

Sox take athletic outfielder in sixth round

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Sox take athletic outfielder in sixth round

BOSTON -- Top-flight athletes make for intriguing baseball prospects. They have the upside of a player typically drafted in the early rounds of a draft, but often aren't as polished.

The Red Sox got themselves such a player in 18-year-old Jordon Austin when they drafted the outfielder in the sixth round of the MLB Draft Friday. Austin has good speed and also has the tools to hit for both power and average.

He hit .351 with four home runs, 19 RBIs and 22 runs during his senior year at Forest High School in Florida.

Austin doubled as a football player in high school as well and was no slouch on the gridiron either, earning all-state safety honors during his senior year.

He is listed a 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds.

Michael Periatt is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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