Austin Riley Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 240 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/2/1997 (26)
Austin Riley Season Stats
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Austin Riley News
Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (illness) is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 26-year-old is back in the lineup after missing each of the last two games due to a stomach bug. This season, Riley is slashing .274/.334/.509 with 34 home runs and 85 RBI in 138 games. He'll cover third base and bat third versus right-hander Johan Oviedo on Saturday. Fantasy managers should adjust their lineups with Riley back here.
Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (illness) remains out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This marks the second game in a row that Riley has missed due to a stomach bug. It's worth noting that Braves' manager Brian Snitker said Riley would be available off the bench on Friday. That being said, it sounds like a day-to-day issue, so Riley should be back at some point this weekend. In the meantime, Nicky Lopez will cover the hot corner and bat ninth versus right-hander Mitch Keller on Friday.
Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (illness) is absent from Thursday's lineup versus the St. Louis Cardinals. The 26-year-old is dealing with a stomach bug, so he'll his first day off of the year for the series finale. Nicky Lopez will handle the hot corner and bat ninth on Thursday with several other Braves moving up one spot in the order from their usual placements. Fantasy managers hope that Riley is feeling better ahead of Friday's series opener versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. The two-time All-Star has debatably been fantasy's best third baseman in 2023, hitting .274 with 34 home runs, 85 RBI, 100 runs scored, and three stolen bases in 554 at-bats.
Austin Riley didn't quite live up to his outstanding 2021 campaign in 2022, slashing "only" .273/.349/.528 with 38 HR as a centerpiece of Atlanta's offense. That's fine for fantasy managers, especially since it appears we can count on Riley to perform similarly moving forward. Riley was never maintaining his .368 BABIP from 2021, but his .315 BABIP last year is a possibility and puts his average solidly in the .270-.280 range. His plate discipline also improved slightly last year with an uptick in BB% (7.9 to 8.2) and a decline in K% (25.4 to 24.2). His HR/FB essentially repeated (21.8% in 2022, 20.9% in 2021) and was backed by outstanding Statcast power indicators. Riley's 97.7 mph average airborne exit velocity ranked eighth among qualified hitters last year while his 15.7% rate of Brls/BBE ranked 10th. As such, 30+ homers should be expected in 2023. Hitting third for the Braves should give Riley plenty of counting stat opportunities as well, making the 26-year-old third baseman well worth his ADP of 23.17.