Astin was a valuable contributor out of the bullpen as a freshman at Arkansas this past spring and the Gatemen hope that his success translates in Wareham.
In his opening 17 appearances (two starts) for the Razorbacks this spring, Astin posted a sterling 2.50 ERA, to go along with a 4-1 record. He struck out 38 against 14 walks and 36 hits.
Success was expected of Astin at the collegiate level after he earned quite a bit of it as a four-year starter at Forrest City High School in Arkansas. A two-time All-Conference choice and one-time All-State selection, Astin threw two no-hitters and a perfect game as a junior, while striking out 110 and posting a 1.08 ERA in 64 innings of work. His performance helped Forrest City to a conference title.
Also a gifted basketball and football player, he was a two-time All-Conference honoree on the gridiron.
Astin is majoring in criminal justice at Arkansas.