Augenstein was well known coming out of high school, and was part of a deep Florida recruiting class as part of a deep Florida prep class. He has a tall, well-built frame that should more than handle the rigors of starting every five days, and an athletic background as his father played hoops at Ohio State. Along with his size, Augenstein has very good, smooth pitching mechanics, a tribute to his natural athleticism, which should help him keep his long limbs in check to avoid injury over the long haul. His fastball has gone from the 86-89 range to the 89-93 range, and he can touch the mid-90s when he needs to without much extra effort. He has also tightened up his curveball, giving him a second plus pitch. His changeup is a servicable third pitch, good enough to keep him in a starter's role at the professional level. Augenstein was a bright spot during a disappointing 2006 season for the Florida Gators, who entered the year with high expectations after reaching the College World Series finals the year before, but drastically under-achieved. With Augenstein as the team's Friday starter, Florida could rebound from that season and pick up where they left off in 2005.
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