2014 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List 2014 Baseball America preseason All-America 2014 Baseball America Preseason NCAA Top-100 Players (No. 97) 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove (OF) SEC Academic Honor Roll (2013) 2013 SEC All-Defensive Team (OF) 2013 Baseball America preseason All-America 2013 Perfect Game preseason All-America 2013 NCBWA preseason All-America 2013 College Baseball Daily preseason All-SEC 2013 SEbaseball.com preseason All-SEC 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team 2012 No. 12 prospect on USA Collegiate National Team (Baseball America) 2012 No. 13 prospect on USA Collegiate National Team (Perfect Game) 2012 SEC Freshman of the Year 2012 SEC All-Defensive Team (OF) 2012 second-team All-SEC (OF) 2012 SEC All-Freshman Team (OF) 2012 Baseball America first-team Freshman All-America 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America 2012 NCBWA second-team Freshman All-America 2012 Perfect Game first-team Freshman All-America 2012 SEbaseball.com SEC Freshman of the Year 2012 NCAA Gary Regional All-Tournament Team 2012 SEC Freshman of the Week (4/2/12) 2011 Baseball America first-team High School All-America 2009 USA Baseball National Team 16U 2009 MVP of the 16U IBAF World Championship
Outlook One of the top players in college baseball, is coming off his second tour with the USA Collegiate National Team ... The best defensive outfielder in college baseball, winning the Rawlings Gold Glove in 2013 ... Became the first player in school history to win SEC Freshman of the Year, leading UK to a record-breaking 2012 ... Has a great feel to hit and surprising power for his frame ... Has worked hard in the weight room, adding 10 pounds of muscle since the 2013 season ... Has good speed and game-changing instincts on the bases ... Plays with a hard-nosed, aggressive mentality that highlights his youth as a hockey fan ... Has great range, instincts and timing ... Has emerged in a leadership role, drawing comparisons to former UK great Luke Maile as a vocal leader ... Was named Baseball America preseason SEC Player of the Year in 2013 ... Has a skill set that often earns Jacoby Ellsbury comparisons, a former Gary Henderson recruit at Oregon State ... Led the SEC in HBP in 2013 ... Has started 117 of UK's 118 games in his career, missing one non-conference game due to minor injury ... Has reached base safely in 106 of his 117 career games.
Summer Played on the USA Collegiate National Team for the second consecutive summer, the first player in program history to earn a second spot on the prestigious 22-man roster ... Hit .273 (18-for-66) in 22 games and 19 starts, with 11 runs, two doubles, three triples, one homer and seven RBI ... Had a 3-20 walk-strikeout ratio, getting hit by five pitches and owning a .347 on-base percentage ... Laid down a sac bunt and had a sac fly ... Had one outfield assist on the summer ... Led USA to a historic five-game sweep over Cuba in Omaha, Neb., and a series win over Japan in Tokyo ... Was coached by TCU head coach Jim Scholossnagle, with Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco serving as the pitching coach ... Was joined on the team by UK teammate A.J. Reed during the trial portion of the summer.
2013 Served as UK's centerfielder for all 55 games ... Was named the Gold Glove Trophy winner as the best defensive centerfielder in college baseball ... Earned a spot on the USA Collegiate National Team, becoming the first UK player in program history to earn a spot on the USA Collegiate National Team in multiple years ... Named to the SEC All-Defensive Team for the second consecutive year by the league coaches ... Started all 55 games in centerfield ... Batted .249 (52-for-209) with 42 runs, 12 doubles, one triple, six homers and 27 RBI ... Stole 14-of-15 bases ... Had a 25-46 walk-strikeout ratio and was hit by a league-leading 21 pitches with a .383 on-base percentage ... Laid down two sac bunts and hung a sac fly ... Added one outfield assist ... Hit better in conference action, batting .270 (30-for-111) in 30 games, with seven doubles, one triple, two homers and 15 RBI, with a 12-23 walk-strikeout ratio, getting hit by 13 pitches and stealing 7-of-8 bases ... In 31 games vs. SEC foes (including SEC Tournament), hit .265 (30-for-113) with a .407 on-base percentage and eight steals ... Batted .224 (22-for-98) vs. non-conference teams, with five doubles, four homers and 12 RBI, stealing 7-of-7 bases ... In 31 games at Cliff Hagan Stadium, batted .246 (28-for-114) with eight doubles, one triple, two homers and 13 RBI ... Hit .238 in 20 road games, with three homers and 10 RBI, stealing eight bags ... In games UK won, batted .284, with five homers and 22 RBI, batting .204 in games UK lost with one homer and five RBI ... Hit .281 with four homers and 17 RBI in day games and .189 with two homers and 10 RBI in night games ... Month-by-month splits: Feb. (.273, HR, 6 RBI, 5-5 SB), March (.333, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 3-4 SB), April (.150, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4-4 SB), May (.220, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2-2 SB) ... Despite getting off to a slow start, caught fire in his first 15 SEC games, hitting .339 with five doubles, one triple, one homer and 11 RBI ... Batted .200 over the last 15 SEC games, with two doubles, one homer and four RBI ... Over the last 20 games of the year, hit .189 and batted .204 over the last 30 games ... Finished with 14 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games ... Ran up a season-long five-game hitting streak and reached base safely in a season-long 10 games ... UK owned a 22-9 record when Cousino as the leadoff hitter, 3-5 as the No. 2 hitter, 4-5 as the No. 3 hitter, 0-2 as the No. 4 hitter, 0-2 as the No. 5 hitter and 1-2 as the No. 6 batter ... Hit .291 on balls in play ... Hit .298 (36-for-121) as the leadoff hitter with four homers and 21 RBI ... Belted homers vs. Niagara, Akron, Michigan State, Florida, Western Kentucky and vs. Ole Miss star and former USA National Team teammate Bobby Wahl ... Laid down five bunts, with one going for a hit and two going as sac bunts ... Was 4-for-8 with 10 RBI and a homer with the bases loaded ... Opened the year with a 2-for-4 game with a pair of walks and steals vs. UNC Asheville ... Had a grand slam in the second game of the year vs. Niagara ... Went 2-for-6 with a steal at USC Upstate ... Had a pair of doubles in a win over Elon ... Drew a walk, scored twice and had a hit at Coastal Carolina ... Went 3-for-3 with four runs and two walks vs. Akron in the series opener ... Belted a homer in a three-RBI game in the series-sweep clinching win over Akron ... Belted his second homer of the year in the series opener vs. Michigan State, a 2-1 win ... Had a great series at Florida, collecting seven hits in three games, going 3-for-5 with four RBI, a double and a homer in the series-evening win on Saturday ... Had a 3-for-4 game vs. Georgia to clinch the series in a rubber match, finishing a homer shy of the cycle ... Belted a clutch homer to get UK on the board in an 18-inning marathon at Western Kentucky ... Homered in the series opener at No. 14 Ole Miss against ace Bobby Wahl ... Went through a 1-for-21 stretch after the series opener at Ole Miss, snapping out of it with a 2-for-3, two-walk game in the opener vs. No. 1 Vanderbilt ... Went 3-for-4 with a double in the finale vs. Vandy ... Led Team USA during the summer in hitting while leading the club to the Bronze medal at the Honkbal Week in the Netherlands ... Hit .351 (13-for-50) with four doubles and five RBI ... Was hit by two pitches and had an 8-8 walk-strikeout ratio ... Finished with a .939 OPS, owing a .479 on-base percentage and a .459 slugging mark ... Stole three bases in four attempts ... 44-percent of his at bats went as quality at bats ... USA played seven total games vs. Cuba, including five in Cuba ... Got red-hot during Honkbal Week, going 3-for-4 in an extra-inning thriller vs. Cuba ... Was coached by Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano during the summer.
2012 Had one of the best seasons for a freshman in UK history, becoming the first UK player to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors ... Was Named a consensus freshman All-America honoree, second-team All-SEC, SEC All-Defensive Team and NCAA Gary Regional All-Tournament ... Just the second freshman All-American in program history (In 2012 A.J. Reed was also a freshman All-America) ... Earned a spot on the USA Collegiate National Team, one of the top-22 players in the NCAA, and led the club in hitting ... Played and started 62 games, missing one contest due to minor injury, starting in centerfield and as the leadoff hitter ... Led UK with a .319 average (83-for-260) with team-highs in doubles (20), triples (two) and steals (15) ... Totaled nine homers and 41 RBI, owning a 26-39 walk-strikeout ratio ... Reached base safely in 59 of 62 games ... Stole 15-of-16 bases and was hit by 13 pitches ... Laid down four sacrifice bunts ... Ranked second in the SEC with eight outfield assists, throwing out three runners at the plate and having a three-assist game vs. No. 10 Ole Miss ... In UK single-season history, ranked 12th in hits, 11th in doubles, second in at bats, sixth in starts and ninth in HBP ... Shattered the UK season record with 142 putouts from his CF position, breaking the previous record of 128 by Antone DeJesus in 2005 ... Ranked third in UK freshman history in RBI, second in homers, 12th in average, second in doubles, seventh in walks and third in steals ... Ranked among the SEC leaders in nearly every category, including ninth in slugging, second in runs, seventh in hits, second in doubles, eighth in homers, third in total bases, sixth in HBP, fifth in steals, first in at bats and second in plate appearances ... Led UK in hitting in SEC games, batting .302 (35-for-116) with 10 doubles, six homers and 17 RBI, stealing 6-of-7 bases ... In non-conference games, batting .333 (48-for-144) with 10 doubles, two triples, three homers and 24 RBI, stealing 9-of-9 bases ... Hit .360 (50-for-139) in home games, with 10 doubles, five homers and 24 RBI ... In games UK won, led UK in hitting with a .363 average (69-for-190) with 16 doubles, eight homers and 35 RBI, stealing 13-of-13 bases ... In February, batted .424 (14-for-33) with a homer and eight RBI, batted .329 (27-for-82) with three homers and 13 RBI in March, .333 (24-for-72) with four homers and 16 RBI in April, and .212 (11-for-52) with a homer and an RBI in May ... In 33 games vs. SEC opponents, including the SEC Tournament, batted .281 (36-for-128) with 10 doubles, six homers and 17 RBI ... While leading UK to a 28-2 record in the first 30 games, batted .363 (45-for-124) with 11 doubles, one triple, five homers and 26 RBI ... Led UK with 28 multiple-hit games, 12 multi-RBI games, running up a 14-game hitting streak ... His 28 multi-hit games ranked as the second-most in UK single-season history ... Hit .316 (31-for-98) with runners on base, .321 (52-for-162) with the bases empty and .571 (4-for-7, 2 2Bs, 9 RBI) with the bases loaded ... Reached base safely in 46-percent of his leadoff chances ... Hit .308 (20-for-65) with runners in scoring position, with seven doubles, three homers and 32 RBI ... Hit .302 in the first inning, .375 in the second, .316 in the third, .286 in the fourth, .385 in the fifth, .276 in the sixth, .421 in the seventh ,290 in the eighth, .357 in the ninth and .167 in extra innings ... Opened his career on a 14-game hitting streak, batting .326 (26-for-61) with seven doubles, one triple, one homer and 13 RBI ... Had an extra-base hit in six of his first seven collegiate games ... First career hit came in the season opener at Wofford, a RBI double into the right-centerfield gap in the eighth inning ... Launched first career homer vs. Buffalo on Feb. 24 ... Had a career-high four-hit game vs. UIC on March 4 ... Had a two-double game at USC Upstate ... Hit homers in three consecutive games from March 25-March 31 ... Was named SEC Freshman of the Week after leading UK to a series win at No. 18 Georgia - UK's first since 2000 - batting .375 (6-for-15) with nine RBI during the week ... Hit two homers and had six RBI during the three-game series win over UGA ... Had three-RBI games seven times in 2012 ... After a five-strikeout game against No. 1 LSU and ace Kevin Gausman, responded to homer in his first at bat of the next game vs. the Tigers and finished with five hits, four RBI, two steals. two doubles and one homer over the next two games to lead UK to the first ever series win over a No. 1 ranked team ... Launched homers vs. Alabama, Vanderbilt, No. 1 LSU, Cincinnati, Georgia, Western Kentucky, Tennessee and Buffalo ... Was named to the NCAA Gary Regional All-Tourney team after batting 7-for-21 during the four-game tournament, with three RBI and a double, stealing two bases.
High School One of the most highly decorated high school players in the nation, was the MVP of 16U International Baseball Federation World Championship while starring for the USA National Team in their gold medal quest ... Hit .545 (24-for-44) with 16 extra-base hits during the summer for the USA National Team in 2009 ... A first-team All-America outfield selection by Baseball America in 2011, one of the most prestigious honors a high school baseball player can receive ... Batted .529 as a senior, with 17 doubles, 10 homers, 31 RBI and was a perfect 28-for-28 on the base paths ... Set the school single-season records for runs scored (42) and stolen bases ... Named the Central District and All-Metro Player of the Year in 2011 ... Earned the American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove Award in 2011 ... "The first thing that comes to mind with (Austin) is he's the best instinctive baserunner that I've ever seen," Director of the 16U USA National Team Jeff Singer said to Baseball America in a 2010 profile of Cousino. "If an outfielder made one tiny mistake, Austin saw it and he took advantage of it. He's kind of a Jacoby Ellsbury type." ... Had surgery to repair a posterior labrum tear in high school and attempted to return to the field by learning to throw right-handed for the first time in his life, showcasing unyielding competitiveness ... "This kid gets it," Dublin Coffman head coach Tim Saunders said. "He's a competitor, he understands competition and he wants to be a part of the best competition he can be in every day. Most kids aren't like that." ... "He decided he was going to (learn how to throw right-handed) after he was injured," Saunders said. "It wasn't anything he practiced growing up. He decided he was going to play for us (as a junior) opposite-handed." ... Named first-team all-conference and all-district ... Perfect Game USA listed Cousino as a first-team all-region selection ... Also played for the North Coast Vipers in the 16U Championships East ... First-team Ohio as a sophomore and senior ... Sat out his junior season after having shoulder surgery ... Hit .456 with 27 runs, 11 doubles, three homers and 19 RBI as a sophomore ... Batted .410 with four doubles, one homer and four RBI as a freshman ... A 12-time academic honor roll selection ... Also played football at Dublin Coffman.
Personal Full name is Austin Spencer Cousino ... Born, April 17, 1993 ... Son of Tim and Marsha Cousino ... Has five siblings, brother Andrew (24), and sisters Nataleigh (31), Nicole (28), Laura (26) and Jordan (22).