Outlook After redshirting in 2013 and revamping his swing that arrived in Lexington as a switch hitter, established himself as a hitting machine in 2014 ... Drew instant comparisons to UK great Chad Wright in 2014 with his constant ability to put together quality at-bats and his two-strike approach ... Tied with JaVon Shelby and Alabama's Casey Hughston for the SEC homer lead among freshman (four) ... Had worked hard to revamp his swing from 2013 and to add muscle in the weight room ... Had a SportsCenter top-10 play in the series opener at Tennessee after legging out an inside-the-park homer ... Has good speed and an ability to be an above-average outfielder ... Led UK with 54-percent of his at-bats during the fall going as quality plate appearances.
Summer Played in 36 games for the Valley Blue Sox in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, teaming with Zach Strecker ... Hit .254 (30-for-118) with three doubles, one triple and four RBI, stealing eight bases ... Had a 7-25 walk-strikeout ratio.
2014 Had a strong freshman season after redshirting the 2013 season, ranking tied with Alabama's Casey Hughston and UK second baseman JaVon Shelby for the home run lead among SEC freshman (four) ... Played in 45 games with 34 starts, hitting .289 (37-for-128) with 25 runs, six doubles, four homers and 20 RBI ... Had a 16-20 walk-strikeout ratio, getting plunked by 15 pitches ... Had a .420 on-base percentage - third-best on the team - slugging .430 ... Was better in SEC play than against non-conference competition, hitting .329 (24-for-73) in 24 games and 19 starts, with six doubles, three homers and 11 RBI ... Reached base safely in 31 of his 34 starts, including a stretch of 19 consecutive in April and May ... Reached base safely in 39 of his 45 games ... Hit .349 (15-for-43) in 18 games at Cliff Hagan Stadium, with three homers ... Hit .269 (14-for-52) with two doubles, one homer and seven RBI in 17 road games ... Had UK's second-best average in night games, hitting .356 (16-for-45) with three homers and 12 RBI ... Hit .333 (3-for-9) in February, .226 (7-for-31) in March, .409 (9-for-22) in April, .305 (18-for-59) in May and was 0-for-7 in two June games in the NCAA Tournament ... Was 5-for-17 in the SEC Tournament, drawing two walks and stealing a base ... Was 1-for-13 in the NCAA Tournament, with three runs, three walks and a hit by pitch ... Collected first career hit off the bench in UK's win over St. Joe's ... Earned first start the following day and drove in the game-winning runs with a two-out, two-RBI knock in the late innings at Old Dominion ... Was hit by a pitch in five consecutive games ... Came off the bench to score three runs in a rout of Ball State ... With Ka'ai Tom nursing a hamstring injury during UK's series at Alabama, made his first three career SEC starts, collecting three hits in the series, including a 2-for-5 game in the series finale ... Hit a pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning vs. Morehead State, the first ninth-inning, pinch-hit homer for the Wildcats since Gunner Glad at Coastal Carolina ... Is one of just four players since 2004 in UK history to hit ninth-inning, pinch-hit homers ... Had a great series in UK's sweep to No. 12 Ole Miss, going 5-for-8 with solo homers in the opener and finale ... In UK's series opener at Tennessee, the SEC ESPNU Thursday Night Game of the Week, had a four-RBI outing, with a double and an inside-the-park homer after the ball got behind a diving leftfielder, motoring home for his third homer in his last four games ... Ran up a 12-game hitting streak from April 19-May 15 at Georgia that ended with a two-walk outing ... Went 2-for-5 in UK's 12-inning thriller vs. No. 21 Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament Semifinals ... Had a breakout summer in earning all-star honors in the Prospect League for the Slippery Rock Sliders, teaming with UK righty Zach Strecker ... Played in 55 games, hitting .288 (61-for-212) with 33 runs, 10 doubles, two triples, 17 RBI and a 16-21 walk-strikeout ratio ... Stole 15-of-18 bases ... Came off the bench in the all-star game, getting an at bat and adding a walk ... Average was over .300 all summer until dropping below in the last two games of the year ... Had a 4-for-5 game vs. Chillicothe and stole two bases twice.
2013 Redshirted season.
High School The Commonwealth Journal/Clear Channel Baseball Player of the Year ... Earned all-county honors ... Led the team with a .557 average as a senior, adding three homers, 13 triples, 24 RBI and 38 runs ... Stole 25-of-28 bases as a senior ... Earned four letters under coach Phil Grundy ... Played football all four years ... Ran track junior year ... Named first-team all-state in football as a senior.
Personal Full name is Austin Storm Wilson ... Born July 12, 1993 in Somerset, Ky. ... Son of Reggie and Denise Wilson ... Brother is Macon (11).