Austin Riley Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 240 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/2/1997 (25)
Austin Riley Season Stats
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Austin Riley News
Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley has been moved from cleanup to the fifth spot in the batting order for Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies and right-hander Noah Syndergaard. Riley hit third in Game 1 before hitting cleanup the last two games, but he'll be moved down to the five-hole for this one after picking up just one hit in 12 at-bats with an RBI, walk and four strikeouts in the first three games of the series. With the Braves hoping to avoid elimination on Saturday and force a Game 5 back in Atlanta, they'll go with catcher Travis d'Arnaud in the cleanup spot for Game 4. Riley was a first-time All-Star in 2022, hitting .273/.349/.528 with an .878 OPS, career-high 38 homers, 93 RBI, 90 runs and two stolen bases in 159 games, so the Braves really need him to get going.
Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley was the lone bright spot on offense for the team Thursday night, as they fell 1-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies. Riley reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. There's no glaring weakness in Riley's game at this point, as he's managed a .280/.351/.546 slash line with 37 homers, 85 runs scored, 92 RBI, and two stolen bases. He might just be the best player on an excellent team, and his fantasy value should remain high for years to come.
Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley homered in his fourth consecutive game Saturday night, launching a solo shot for his 35th long ball of the year in a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins. Riley went 1-for-3 with a walk in the game. The past seven games have been Riley's best of the year, as he's slashed .423/.483/.962 in 29 plate appearances. With a .932 OPS, 79 runs scored, 88 RBI, and two steals this season, Riley is among the premier power hitters in the major leagues right now, and he's extremely valuable in all fantasy formats.
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.