Arizona catcher Austin Wells became the 12th first-round selection in the program’s history with his No. 28 pick by the New York Yankees in today’s Major League Baseball Draft.
In his brief two-year career for Arizona, Wells played 71 games and batted .357 with seven home runs and 74 RBIs in 277 at-bats.
He is the son of Greg and Michelle Wells, both former Arizona athletes. His mom was a gymnast at Arizona and dad played baseball with the Wildcats. They raised Austin in Las Vegas, where he starred at Bishop Gorman High School.
Good luck to Austin Wells @wellsius16 (c/o ‘18) in today’s #MLBDraft This is an exciting for you and your family. Wishing you all the best. @ArizonaBaseball #MLBTrainingGround pic.twitter.com/qe3rV5vjUj
— BG Baseball (@gormanbaseball) June 10, 2020
Austin was selected by the New York Yankees in the 35th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft out of high school but opted to play for Jay Johnson and the Wildcats.
He is draft eligible although he is not a junior because he will turn 21 in July.
Wells’ profile with MLB scouts blossomed when he proved to be one of the top players in the Cape Cod League last summer. He batted .308 with seven home runs and eight stolen bases on eight attempts.
@ArizonaBaseball‘s Austin Wells, 28th overall pick, New York Yankees – assigned value of $2,493,900
— Damien Alameda (@damien_alameda) June 11, 2020
Although primarily a catcher, Wells’ versatility can allow him to play at different position. In the Cape Cod League, he logged time at five different defensive positions — catcher, first base and all outfield positions.
A majority of scouts consider Wells one of the best offensive college prospects in the draft.
Arizona Recruit Drafted
Arizona signee Nick Yorke, a second baseman out of San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty High School, was the No. 17 pick overall in the first round, going to the Boston Red Sox. Yorke batted .457 in his four-year career at Archbiship Mitty.
Nick Yorke is a really, really tough loss for Arizona. He flat out rakes and was going to look great in the Cats’ offense for three years. Instead, he’s headed to Boston
— Teddy Cahill (@tedcahill) June 11, 2020
Arizona Baseball First-Round Picks
|1965||9||Eddie Leon||SS||Minnesota Twins||Unsigned/MLB 6 years|
|1980||22||Terry Francona||OF||Montreal Expos||MLB 9 years|
|1985||18||Joe Magrane||LHP||St. Louis Cardinals||MLB 8 years|
|1989||24||Alan Zinter||C||New York Mets||MLB 2 years|
|1990||23||Lance Dickson||LHP||Chicago Cubs||MLB 1 year|
|2000||17||Ben Diggins||RHP||Los Angeles Dodgers||MLB 1 year|
|2003||15||Brian Anderson||OF||Chicago White Sox||MLB 6 years|
|2005||14||Trevor Crowe||OF||Cleveland Indians||MLB 4 years|
|2008||21||Ryan Perry||RHP||Detroit Tigers||MLB 4 years|
|2008||26||Daniel Schlereth||LHP||Arizona Diamondbacks||MLB 4 years|
|2015||19||Kevin Newman||SS||Pittsburgh Pirates||MLB 2 years|
|2020||28||Austin Wells||C||New York Yankees||--|
Austin Wells Honors & Awards:
- 2020 Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll
- 2020 Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-American
- 2020 Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award watch list
- 2020 Pac-12 Player of the Week (2/18)
- 2020 NCBWA Third-Team Preseason All-American
- 2020 Baseball America Second-Team Preseason All-American
- 2020 D1Baseball Second-Team Preseason All-American
- 2020 Perfect Game Second-Team Preseason All-American
- 2020 Collegiate Baseball Second-Team Preseason All-American
- 2019 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year
- 2019 Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention
- 2019 D1Baseball First-Team Freshmen All-American
- 2019 Baseball America First-Team Freshmen All-American
- 2019 Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American
- 2019 NCBWA First-Team Freshman All-American
- 2019 Perfect Game/Rawlings Freshmen All-American
- 2019 Cape Cod League All-Star (starter)
- 2019 Cape Cod League Outstanding Pro Prospect
- 2019 Arizona Summer Player of the Year