Austin Hays
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hays reached the majors in 2017, and seemed likely to spend a good chunk of last season back with the big club. However, he dealt with shoulder soreness in spring training and struggled to get going back at Double-A, hitting .224/.259/.374 in 43 games before suffering a stress fracture in his ankle that sidelined him for over two months. Hays returned to Double-A in early August and hit .273/.291/.535 with six home runs in 23 games before eventually undergoing surgery to repair the stress fracture. He needs to recapture his line-drive-oriented approach from 2017, as he could naturally hit 25-plus home runs by taking what pitchers give him -- he seemed to be selling out for power last season. Hays makes for a nice post-hype sleeper in 2019. He will likely return to the minors for a month or two, but will be up once he looks ready. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in March of 2019.
Sitting Saturday
OFBaltimore Orioles
September 28, 2019
Hays is not in Saturday's lineup against the Red Sox.
ANALYSIS
He is hitting .333 with four home runs and two steals in his last 10 games. Stevie Wilkerson is starting in center field and batting seventh.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
2
1
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
4
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+86%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+275%
OPS vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
+41%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .477 41 3 1 4 0 .154 .195 .282
Since 2017vs Right .889 97 13 4 17 2 .315 .361 .528
2019vs Left .345 27 2 0 2 0 .120 .185 .160
2019vs Right 1.293 48 10 4 11 2 .419 .479 .814
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .714 14 1 1 2 0 .214 .214 .500
2017vs Right .506 49 3 0 6 0 .217 .245 .261
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .781 67 9 2 11 0 .274 .313 .468
Since 2017Away .749 71 7 3 10 2 .258 .310 .439
2019Home .954 37 6 2 6 0 .303 .378 .576
2019Away .940 38 6 2 7 2 .314 .368 .571
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .578 30 3 0 5 0 .241 .233 .345
2017Away .533 33 1 1 3 0 .194 .242 .290
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Stat Review
How does Austin Hays compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.54
 
BB Rate
9.3%
 
K Rate
17.3%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.265
 
AVG
.309
 
OBP
.373
 
SLG
.574
 
OPS
.947
 
wOBA
.409
 
Exit Velocity
91.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.4%
 
Barrels/PA
4.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
How many hitting prospects can say they skipped Low-A and Triple-A in the same season? Hays did just that in 2017, beginning the year in the Carolina League and finishing the campaign as the Orioles’ leadoff hitter. His muscular forearms produce high-end bat speed, which results in plus right-handed power. He currently operates with a see ball, hit ball approach, but there has been no reason for him to utilize patience, as he never faced adversity in the minors. His eye-popping production in 64 games at High-A (167 wRC+, .263 ISO, 16 HR) and 64 games at Double-A (161 wRC+, .264 ISO, 16 HR) was eerily consistent. He runs well enough to handle center field, but has not yet learned how to utilize his above-average speed on the bases, limiting him to four-category production for now. Unless he appears overmatched in spring training, Hays should open the year as the Orioles’ everyday right fielder. His future is very bright, but there could be more growing pains in his first full season in the majors.
The Orioles are not known for making quality draft picks outside of the first round, but they certainly appear to have done so when they popped Hays with the 91st pick in last year's draft. An impressive physical specimen at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Hays was given the slot value out of Jacksonville University, so this looks like a pure scouting find. He boasts at least average offensive tools across the board, and his strength and aggressive style of play allow those tools to play up. His all-fields approach is impressive considering how much he impacts the baseball, which speaks to the strength in his wrists and forearms. With a chance to handle all three outfield spots, his glove won't hinder his ability to make the big leagues, so it will simply come down to how well he can handle upper-level offspeed stuff. Given where he was drafted, Hays has a chance to be one of the best bargains in dynasty league drafts this spring.
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Hits two home runs
OFBaltimore Orioles
September 24, 2019
Hays went 3-for-8 with two home runs, five RBI and a stolen base Monday in an 11-10 loss to the Blue Jays.
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Smacks two-run homer
OFBaltimore Orioles
September 21, 2019
Hays went 1-for-6 with a two-run homer against the Mariners on Saturday.
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Out of lineup
OFBaltimore Orioles
September 17, 2019
Hays is not starting Tuesday against Toronto, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Not starting Sunday
OFBaltimore Orioles
September 15, 2019
Hays is not in the lineup Sunday against the Tigers, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Called up by Orioles
OFBaltimore Orioles
September 7, 2019
Hays was recalled by the Orioles on Saturday.
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