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FIU Baseball’s third baseman, Austin Shenton, became the first Panther drafted in the 2019 MLB draft. Selected 156th overall in the fifth round by the Seattle Mariners, he is the 12th Panther chosen by the Mariners organization.

The Bellingham, Washington native is the highest Panther taken since Aramis Garcia went 52nd overall in 2014 to the San Francisco Giants.

The lefty appeared in 53 games, starting 52 of them and led the offense in the 2019 season posting a .330 average, hitting seven home runs and batting in 47 RBI’s. He had the nation’s fifth longest hitting streak at 22 games and reached base in his final 29 games.

Originally drafted out of high school in the 34th round by the Cleveland Indians, he turned that offer down to attend a junior college in Bellevue, Washington before transferring across the country to FIU in 2017.

According to a previous interview with the Miami Herald, Shenton has always been a natural athlete, quickly learning golf, tennis, football, basketball and racquetball. When not competing, the vegetarian is also the self-professed best karaoke singer on the team, an accomplished cook and an aspiring travel photographer with a deep love for the outdoors.