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Ex-N.C. State star Brett Austin gets a look inside possible future home

By Seth Lakso
Correspondent

A weekend of nice surprises continued for White Sox fourth-round pick Brett Austin on Saturday.

A day after the N.C. State catcher was drafted by the same organization as his Wolfpack roommate and No. 3 overall pick Carlos Rodon, he found himself walking the hallways of Charlotte’s BB&T BallPark.

The trip to meet the Knights – the Class AAA affiliate of the White Sox – was one secretly put together by Austin’s brother, Chase, who himself was selected in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

“Chase knew the Knights general manager and kind of went behind my back and set all this up,” said Austin, who initially believed White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann was having fun with him when he said Chicago was hoping to keep Rodon (a left-handed pitcher) and Austin together.

“I really thought he was kidding,” said Austin, who hit .344/.414/.516 this past season. “But then they sent me a text and took me in the fourth, which I’m very happy about. It’s going to be nice to play with Rodon again.”

Austin said he expects to sign with the White Sox soon and to be on a flight to Arizona this Monday.

“I don’t think there’s much negotiating to do with the new slot rules,” he said. “Hopefully, we can get things rolling.”

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