Austin Hays Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 205 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 7/5/1995 (25)
Austin Hays Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Austin Hays News
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Friday and will bat fifth against the Rays. Hays has been out of action while recovering from a hamstring injury. The 25-year-old has slashed .252/.319/.455 over 32 games, so both the O's and fantasy managers will be happy to see him back. Ryan McKenna was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday to make room for Hays.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday. Hays felt tightness in his left hamstring over the weekend and missed Monday's game, though it was believed to be a day-to-day issue. He'll need more time to recover, but it will hopefully be a minimum stint on the injured list for Hays, who has already missed time this year due to injury. The Orioles recalled Ryan McKenna from the minors in a corresponding move. DJ Stewart, who has homered in each of his last two games, should be in line for more playing time.
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (hamstring) is currently dealing with a hamstring issue, according to manager Brandon Hyde. Due to the injury, he is sitting out Monday's game against the Minnesota Twins. Orioles beat writer Joe Trezza believes that the injury is nothing serious and that Hays is being held out as a precaution. DJ Stewart is getting the start in left field on Monday. We'll see if Hays is able to give it a go on Tuesday. He should be considered day-to-day at this point.
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.