An all-around athlete who Coach Hughes has called "the most athletic kid I've ever recruited" ... Is working to be a more consistent defender in the infield, but proved to be an outstanding offensive player in high school ... Has power potential and is looking to prove that he can also be a really good offensive player at the collegiate level.
High School: Spent his junior and senior seasons starring for Coach Tony Szymendera at St. Christopher's School ... In 2007, earned all-prep, all-state and all-metro honors in both baseball and soccer, while being named to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association First Team on the diamond ... Also played on the Virginia Prep League basketball championship team ... Batted .449 with six doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 21 runs batted in as a senior, after hitting .500 as a junior ... Prior to moving to Richmond, played two seasons in all three sports at Garfield High School in Seattle, Wash. ... His soccer teams in 2005 and 2006 won state titles, and he once earned regional All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Personal: Austin Anthony Wates ... Born 9/2/88 in Seattle, WA ... Son of Luther C. Wates, Jr., and Tawnya Pettiford-Wates ... Enrolled in university studies.