Memphis Baseball Signs Austin Hatfield to National Letter of Intent
Nov. 11, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Head coach Daron Schoenrock and his staff added to its 2011 signing class, inking Hunstville (AL) High School outfielder Austin Hatfield to a National Letter of Intent on Thursday.
A three-year letterwinner at HHS, Hatfield plays for head coach Mark Mincher, who was a four-year starter at Memphis from 1976-79. Hatfield will add athleticism, speed and power to the Tigers lineup. He hit .322 and slugged .670; with 32 RBI and eight home runs on his way to earning Huntsville Times Baseball Team recognition as a junior. Hatfield was selected to play in both the ABCAA and All-City All-Star Games.
"Austin has a great feel for the game," Schoenrock stated. "He possesses the speed and quickness necessary to defend at a high level in the outfield and we expect him to compete for playing time very quickly. He also has great leadership skills, having been coached by former Tiger Mark Mincher, and in the summer by R.L. Langston. Austin's decision to become a Tiger has our staff thrilled."
A 5-foot-11 outfielder, Hatfield comes from a baseball background. His father, Steve, played collegiately at C-USA rival UAB.