Austin Rei Salem Red Sox  |  Catcher


Age: 23
Born: October 27, 1993
Berkeley, CA
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 3rd round, 2015; 38th round, 2012 by Minnesota
How Acquired: Draft
College: Washington
High School: Campolindo HS (CA)

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The Write-Up: Lowell (8.4.15)
2015 Top 40 Season in Review
Notes from the Field: Day Two of ST (3.18.16)
With change to mechanics, Rei putting 'terrible' debut... (3.31.16)

Physical Description: Solid catcher’s frame. Sturdy lower half, minimal remaining projection.

Hit: Starts vertical and square with hands high. Utilizes a short leg lift and has minimal stride. Doesn’t effectively incorporate lower half in swing. Has tinkered with different swing mechanics since he signed, utilizing a high leg lift with Lowell in 2015 and a toe tap in Spring Training 2016. Slight uppercut in swing path. Fringy bat speed. Makes a lot of weak contact both on the ground to the left side and in pop ups to the infield. Approach is a work in progress, but has shown improved pitch recognition and knowledge of the strike zone. Struggles with velocity and will be challenged by more advanced pitching. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Average raw power to the pull side. Almost all power is to left field currently, and given his swing mechanics is unlikely to develop power to all fields. Likes to cheat and open hips early to pull the ball in the air. Below-average power potential.

Arm: Solid-average arm strength. Will pop slightly above-average times of 1.9-1.95 seconds consistently. Throw has some tail and transfer is a little slow.

Field: Struggled with his receiving with Lowell, but showed improvement in first full season. Does a good job getting down quick and smothering balls in the dirt. Has soft hands and a quiet glove. Potential average defender.

Run: Well below-average speed.

Career Notes: Suffered a torn left thumb ligament during his draft year at the University of Washington. While he denied that the thumb was still bothering him after being drafted, his stunningly poor showing both offensively and defensively in Lowell indicated otherwise. Was still wearing significant tape on the hand at least in spring training 2016.

Summation: Potential up-and-down catcher at the big league level. Won’t hit for much average or power, but could post decent on-base percentage. Doesn’t have the offensive or defensive potential to profile as an everyday type. Most likely to settle in as a solid organization player.

  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2013 Washington NCAA Coll --- 19 23 50 4 11 1 0 0 6 12 5 11 0 0 0.220 0.339 0.240 0.579
  2014 Washington NCAA Coll --- 20 52 153 24 48 11 2 2 28 69 21 36 1 0 0.314 0.408 0.451 0.859
  2015 Washington NCAA Coll --- 21 25 91 14 30 9 1 7 20 62 12 28 0 0 0.330 0.445 0.681 1.126
  2015 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 21 34 112 14 20 5 1 2 12 33 11 39  1 0 0.179 0.285 0.295 0.579
  2016 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 91 311 50 66 13 1 6 33 99 41 82 1 4 0.212 0.332 0.318 0.650
  2017 Salem Car A+ Bos 23     stats                            
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: Ray
First Pro Contract:
June 30, 2015 by Chris Pritchett
Signing Bonus: $742,400
MiLB Debut: July 6, 2015 (Lowell)
MLFA Eligible: November 2021
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2018
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
MLB Service Time (through 2016):
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2017): MiLB Contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Month (July 2016)
2016 South Atlantic League All-Star Awards
2016 Pre-Season All-Star
2017 Pre-Season All-Star Player of the Week (April 10-16, 2017) Player of the Month (April 2017)






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