Austin Hays Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 205 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 7/5/1995 (27)
Austin Hays Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Austin Hays News
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (oblique) is back in left field and is hitting sixth in the batting order on Monday against Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi. Hays missed the last four games with left oblique tightness, but fantasy managers will have him available for the week. The 27-year-old hasn't been as good against left-handers this year with a .252 average (28-for-111) and four of his 12 home runs, but he's worth reinserting into starting fantasy lineups against Kikuchi on Monday. Overall, Hays has hit .258/.317/.429 with 12 long balls, 47 RBI, 49 runs scored and two stolen bases in 398 plate appearances over 96 games played.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (oblique) will miss yet another game on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hays has been out of the lineup since Tuesday with tightness in his left oblique, which can be a difficult injury to come back from in short order. Although he's day-to-day for now, this could turn into an injured list situation. However, he did some baseball activities on Saturday and could be nearing a return in a few days. Brett Phillips will get another start in left field on Sunday and will hit eighth against Pirates right-hander Bryse Wilson. The former Tampa Bay Ray has gone 2-for-8 with two doubles in his first three games with Baltimore, but on the year he's hitting a lowly .151/.226/.260 with five homers, 15 RBI, 21 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 78 games.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (oblique) is out of the starting lineup again on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hays is dealing with oblique tightness, but he downplayed the injury on Friday, so he could return to Baltimore's lineup on Sunday. Brett Phillips will get another start in left field on Saturday while hitting ninth in the batting order against Pirates right-hander JT Brubaker. Phillips has gone 1-for-6 with a double and four strikeouts in two games since coming over from the Tampa Bay Rays. In his 75 games for Tampa this year, Phillips hit .147/.225/.250 with five home runs, 14 RBI, 21 runs scored and seven stolen bases before being designated for assignment. He'll be a low-upside DFS dart throw against Pittsburgh.
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.