Prep Baseball Report

Prep Baseball Illinois Player of the Week: Austin Rathgeb

By: Pete Hamot
Assistant Director, Illinois & Wisconsin

The Alton Redbirds are off to a hot 12-4 start, and OF Austin Rathgeb (2024) has been a driving force in their offense, helping them to go 4-1 this past week. He finished the five-game slate at a 9-for-13 clip, tallying two home runs, four doubles, eight RBIs, eight runs scored, five walks and a stolen base. For his efforts, Rathgeb has been named this week’s ‘Player of the Week’. 

Arguably his best game of the week came in a 16-0 win over East St. Louis on Thursday, where he went 2-for-2 with a home run, double, two RBIs, three runs scored and a walk. The very next game, Alton took down East St. Louis once again by the score of 21-1, and Rathgeb chipped in going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. 

The Redbirds split their double-header on Saturday, taking home a 5-2 win over Freeburg in which Rathgeb went a perfect 2-for-2 with two doubles, two RBIs, a run scored and a walk. They fell the following game to Gillespie, but Rathgeb still had a strong showing, as he delivered a home run with four RBIs, a run scored and two walks. 

His week started on a high note in a 6-3 win over Roxana on Monday, going 2-for-2 with a run scored and a walk. 

An uncommitted senior, the right-handed hitter is now boasting a .477 average in 44 at-bats with a .603 OBP, 1.467 OPS, .864 SLG, five doubles, four home runs, 15 RBIs, 18 runs scored, 11 walks and seven stolen bases - also hitting safely in 12/15 games played with a current six-game hit streak. 

Austin Rathgeb

Class of 2024 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2024
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: Alton
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: GBA
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 190lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Scouting Report


Uncommitted. Rathgeb had an impressive week going 6-for-10 (.600) with two home runs, a double, four RBIs, four runs scored, two walks and one stolen base. In Alton’s 11-9 win over Jerseyville, he went 2-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored. He also earned the save on the mound, striking out two and walking one in an inning of work.



We're thankful for the POTW submissions we received from the coaches across the state. The players who garnered POTW consideration will earn a place within tomorrow's Diamond Notes story, so be on the lookout for that.

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