Austin Slater
Austin Slater
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Francisco Giants
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Slater split time between the minor leagues -- where he hit .308 in 240 at-bats -- and the majors last season. With the Giants, he posted a .238 average and a modest five home runs in 192 plate appearances. Nonetheless, Slater showed some signs of being a capable big-league hitter. Most notably, his 11.5 BB% was well above league average, and his 45.0% hard-hit rate was a sizable jump over his previous two stints in the majors. Of course, hitting the ball hard is only relevant if a player is able to put the ball in play, and that has been a struggle for Slater throughout his time with San Francisco. He posted a 30.7 K% for the second consecutive season in 2019, dampening much of the progress he made at the plate. Slater's defensive versatility is an asset, but given his penchant for striking out and less-than-stellar production through 176 career big-league games, a roster spot for 2020 is not guaranteed. Read Past Outlooks
Swipes third bag
OFSan Francisco Giants
August 9, 2020
Slater went 0-for-1 with a stolen base, a run scored, a walk and a hit-by-pitch in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Dodgers.
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Slater walked and stole second in the third inning, notching his third stolen base of the season. The outfielder was also hit by a Walker Buehler fastball in the fifth, and he came around to score on Mike Yastrzemski's two-run single. Slater's hitting streak ended at three games, but he's gotten on base in four straight, with two homers, a triple, three runs scored, two RBI and two steals in that span.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
6
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+95%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .798 196 16 4 26 5 .285 .367 .430
Since 2018vs Right .648 257 29 4 21 6 .222 .319 .329
2020vs Left 1.300 18 3 2 3 2 .400 .500 .800
2020vs Right .667 18 1 0 0 1 .200 .333 .333
2019vs Left .838 91 8 2 10 1 .275 .363 .475
2019vs Right .671 101 12 3 11 0 .205 .307 .364
2018vs Left .657 87 5 0 13 2 .273 .345 .312
2018vs Right .629 138 16 1 10 5 .238 .326 .303
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+53%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+117%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+63%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+33%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .556 212 15 2 17 6 .199 .292 .263
Since 2018Away .851 241 30 6 30 5 .294 .382 .469
2020Home .625 16 0 0 1 1 .313 .313 .313
2020Away 1.357 20 4 2 2 2 .286 .500 .857
2019Home .545 77 7 2 6 0 .134 .247 .299
2019Away .886 115 13 3 15 1 .307 .391 .495
2018Home .552 119 8 0 10 5 .223 .319 .233
2018Away .734 106 13 1 13 2 .281 .349 .385
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Stat Review
How does Austin Slater compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.56
 
BB Rate
13.9%
 
K Rate
25.0%
 
BABIP
.368
 
ISO
.267
 
AVG
.300
 
OBP
.417
 
SLG
.567
 
OPS
.983
 
wOBA
.426
 
Exit Velocity
84.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
47.6%
 
Barrels/PA
9.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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.
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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Launches two homers
OFSan Francisco Giants
August 8, 2020
Slater went 2-for-5 with two home runs Saturday against the Dodgers.
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Two hits in starting role
OFSan Francisco Giants
July 30, 2020
Slater went 2-for-4 with a stolen base Wednesday in the Giants' 7-6 win over the Padres.
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Rejoins lineup Wednesday
OFSan Francisco Giants
July 29, 2020
Slater (hip) is starting in right field and batting eighth Wednesday against Padres, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Available for Tuesday's game
OFSan Francisco Giants
Hip
July 28, 2020
Slater (hip) will be available off the bench for Tuesday's game against the Padres, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Nursing bruised hip
OFSan Francisco Giants
Hip
July 25, 2020
Slater exited Saturday's win over the Dodgers with a right hip contusion and is considered day-to-day, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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