May 8, 2012
Former Tech baseball player Austin Wates gains national attention
The Notebook

Former Virginia Tech baseball player Austin Wates received national attention recently when he made an unbelievable catch while playing in the outfield for the Corpus Christi Hooks, a Double-A team of the Houston Astros.

Wates robbed San Antonio’s Nathan Freiman of a home run on May 5, as he and centerfielder Brandon Barnes both tumbled over the fence in left-center field. The play was named the top play on ESPN’s SportsCenter for May 5.

To watch the video of the play, please check out this link.

Wates continues to enjoy success in Houston’s organization since the Astros selected him in the third round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft following his junior season at Tech. He hit .340 in the month of April for Corpus Christi, with a homer, 15 RBI and five stolen bases. He’s hitting .295, with two homers, 17 RBI and six stolen bases on the season.

Wates hit .382, with eight homers, 54 RBI and 18 stolen bases his final season at Tech.

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