Austin Hays Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 205 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 7/5/1995 (26)
Austin Hays Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Austin Hays News
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (hand) is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against right-hander Jameson Taillon and the New York Yankees. He will be covering left field and batting second in the lineup. Hays was held out for four straight games after he was cleated on his left hand during last Thursday's game. The 26-year-old is off to a solid start to the year and is worthy of a roster spot in most AL-only leagues and five-outfielder leagues. Over 31 games this year, he's slashed .291/.364/.444 with three home runs, 12 RBI and 12 runs.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (hand) went through batting practice on Monday. He is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game, but there is some hope that he could return on Tuesday or even be utilized off the bench on Monday. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde stated on Monday that Hays has progressed well. Hays was cleated on his left hand this past Thursday and he wound up sitting out the entirety of the team's three-game series against the Detroit Tigers this past weekend. Ryan McKenna is making his third straight start in left field with Hays out of the starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game on Monday.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (hand) will be held out of action once again for Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers. This will be his third straight missed game. The 26-year-old was cleated on his left hand during Thursday's game. On Sunday, Hays stated that he hopes to increase his baseball activities on Monday. He added that the swelling on his hand is down and that he did some throwing on Saturday while not wearing a glove on his left hand. Hays is off to a solid start to the year, slashing .291/.364/.444 with three home runs, 12 RBI and 12 runs over 31 games.
Once a top-25 prospect on MLB Pipeline, outfielder Austin Hays' stock has dropped, in part, due to injuries and a poor 2018 campaign across two levels. That said, due to a solid performance during his September 2019 MLB call-up and pedigree, Hays was considered a strong sleeper candidate for 2020. Unfortunately, a rib-fracture in 2020 cost Hays a month of an already shortened season. When he did play in 2020, Hays failed to meet expectations. When all was said and done, Hays posted just a .279/.328/.393 line over 134 plate appearances with four home runs and nine RBI in 2020. Looking at his hitting metrics for 2020, they were unimpressive, putting it mildly. His overall exit velocity (87 mph), overall barrel rate (four percent), and overall hard-hit rate (31.3%) were all in the bottom 20% in all of MLB and significantly lower than his numbers for 2019. Additionally, while his overall launch angle was roughly the same as 2019, his exit velocity on FB/LD dropped significantly to 89.7 mph from 93 mph in 2019. The only real positive take away from Hays' 2020 campaign was that, for the second year in a row, he posted solid September numbers. Specifically, in September, he hit .377/.404/.585 with three HR and four RBI signifying that, perhaps, the rib injury was behind him. With a current ADP of 222, Hays is a late-round option for managers who are banking on the strong September performance and chalking up the poor overall numbers/underlying metrics to the rib issue. Hays will have an opportunity for regular playing time in 2021. That said, managers taking a chance on Hays should temper expectations and, at best, hope for .250 production with a 20 HR ceiling until we see more consistency and an ability to stay on the field.