Austin Slater
Austin Slater
26-Year-Old First Baseman1B
San Francisco Giants
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Slater's sophomore season was largely a forgettable one, as he managed a mediocre.251/.333/.307 line in 74 big-league appearances. His strikeout rate jumped nearly eight percentage points to 30.7%, while his slugging percentage fell by 95 points. It took a .377 BABIP to get him up to his unimpressive batting line, which doesn't bode well for a player who is limited to first base and the outfield corners, defensively. Those who want to hold out optimism for the 26-year-old's future can point to his .319/.391/.513 line over parts of three seasons with Triple-A Sacramento, but he just hasn't been able to maintain anything close to that level of performance against big-league pitching. The rebuilding Giants should have plenty of playing time for players like Slater, so he'll likely be given another chance to prove himself at some point. Read Past Outlooks
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Optioned to Triple-A
1BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
March 15, 2019
Slater was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday.
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Slater had been in contention for a bench outfield spot but won't get to fill that role at the start of the season. The 26-year-old has so far failed to impress in 108 career big-league games, hitting .263/.335/.342, but his .319/.391/.513 line at the Triple-A level suggests that he has little left to prove in the minors.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2019
No Stats
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .706 125 9 0 20 2 .292 .352 .354
Since 2017vs Right .661 227 27 4 19 5 .246 .326 .335
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .657 87 5 0 13 2 .273 .345 .312
2018vs Right .629 138 16 1 10 5 .238 .326 .303
2017vs Left .813 38 4 0 7 0 .333 .368 .444
2017vs Right .709 89 11 3 9 0 .259 .326 .383
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Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2019
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2018
 
 
+33%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+37%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .651 166 13 0 16 5 .267 .349 .301
Since 2017Away .699 186 23 4 23 2 .259 .323 .376
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home .552 119 8 0 10 5 .223 .319 .233
2018Away .734 106 13 1 13 2 .281 .349 .385
2017Home .891 47 5 0 6 0 .372 .426 .465
2017Away .652 80 10 3 10 0 .230 .288 .365
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Slater didn't make a ton of noise in his 34-game debut, but he was perfectly adequate at the dish. After getting the callup on June 2, he hit .282 with a league-average 100 wRC+ in 127 plate appearances. A torn adductor muscle in his right hip cost Slater most of the second half. He returned late in September, but only made five appearances before landing back on the shelf with a sports hernia, which required surgery. Slater's control of the strike zone is a little shaky (22.8 percent strikeout rate last year, 6.3 percent walk rate), and his home park mitigates what power he has, but he's just 25 and should at least be afforded chances against lefties to begin 2018. He can play all three outfield positions and can even man the infield in a pinch. As a reserve in NL-only, Slater makes some sense, but he will need to show more and work himself in to a bigger role before he pops up on the mixed-league radar.
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Healthy in spring training
1BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
March 6, 2019
Slater has gone 3-for-14 in seven spring training games and appears healthy following elbow issues that bugged him last September.
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Sidelined with UCL, flexor injuries
1BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
Elbow
September 30, 2018
Slater is dealing with a strained flexor and a mildly sprained UCL, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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Suffers elbow strain
1BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
Elbow
September 29, 2018
Slater exited Friday's game with an elbow strain and will undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Falling out of favor
1BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
September 25, 2018
Slater struck out in a pinch-hit appearance Monday against the Padres.
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Not starting Saturday
1BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
September 22, 2018
Slater is not in the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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