Austin Slater
Austin Slater
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Francisco Giants
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Groin and elbow issues limited Slater to just 31 games last season, but he was impressive when available, hitting .282/.408/.506 with five homers and eight steals. That's quite a big change from what the 28-year-old showed in his first three partial seasons, when he posted a .254/.335/.368 line in 176 contests, looking firmly like a fourth outfielder. His improvements may have come in a small sample, but they were backed up by strong peripherals, with his .305 xBA and .542 xSLG suggesting he may have even underachieved. His 14.1% barrel rate, 15.4 BB% and 21.2 K% were all career bests. A return to previous form wouldn't be a huge surprise given how brief his breakout was, but if he keeps making considerably more contact that he had in the past while hitting the ball harder than ever, he'll remain a capable everyday starter at minimum and a potential draft-day bargain. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#502
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$Signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the Giants in December of 2020.
Slams seventh homer
OFSan Francisco Giants
May 30, 2021
Slater went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Dodgers.
ANALYSIS
Slater took Clayton Kershaw deep to lead off the third inning to extend the Giants' lead. The outfielder has three long balls in his last five games. He is slashing just .230/.324/.434 but has 12 home runs, 17 RBI, 18 runs and seven steals through 139 plate appearances. Unfortunately, Slater has taken a step back from his .282 batting average in the shortened 2020 season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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#3
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#9
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+35%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+42%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+47%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .891 222 29 11 26 8 .267 .383 .508
Since 2019vs Right .659 233 28 6 20 8 .217 .302 .357
2021vs Left .817 82 10 5 10 4 .232 .354 .464
2021vs Right .577 79 9 2 8 3 .203 .253 .324
2020vs Left 1.127 49 11 4 6 3 .316 .469 .658
2020vs Right .765 53 7 1 1 5 .267 .365 .400
2019vs Left .838 91 8 2 10 1 .275 .363 .475
2019vs Right .671 101 12 3 11 0 .205 .307 .364
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+51%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+46%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+63%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .715 191 24 6 19 7 .222 .319 .395
Since 2019Away .805 243 28 10 26 8 .258 .350 .455
2021Home .859 72 11 3 10 4 .274 .375 .484
2021Away .568 89 8 4 8 3 .173 .247 .321
2020Home .778 42 6 1 3 3 .289 .357 .421
2020Away 1.139 39 7 3 3 4 .323 .462 .677
2019Home .545 77 7 2 6 0 .134 .247 .299
2019Away .886 115 13 3 15 1 .307 .391 .495
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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
0.33
 
BB Rate
11.2%
 
K Rate
33.5%
 
BABIP
.293
 
ISO
.175
 
AVG
.217
 
OBP
.304
 
SLG
.392
 
OPS
.696
 
wOBA
.310
 
Exit Velocity
81.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.6%
 
Barrels/PA
5.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
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.
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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Drills pinch-hit homer
OFSan Francisco Giants
May 27, 2021
Slater slugged a two-run home run in his only at-bat Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
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Swats homer in loss
OFSan Francisco Giants
May 24, 2021
Slater went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's 11-5 loss to the Giants.
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Swipes seventh bag
OFSan Francisco Giants
May 20, 2021
Slater went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Cincinnati.
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Strong showing off bench
OFSan Francisco Giants
May 9, 2021
Slater went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and an RBI single in Saturday's 7-1 win over San Diego.
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Homers, steals base
OFSan Francisco Giants
May 8, 2021
Slater went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two walks, a stolen base and three total runs scored Friday in a 5-4 victory versus San Diego.
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