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
#501
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the Giants in December of 2020.
Socks pinch-hit homer
OFSan Francisco Giants
October 2, 2021
Slater came off the bench to hit a go-ahead home run in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Padres.
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Slater was summoned to pinch hit for LaMonte Wade in the sixth inning of a 1-1 tie, and he took San Diego reliever Ross Detwiler deep to left-center to give the Giants the lead. It was the 12th long ball of the year for Slater, who is on a 12-for-27 (.444) run with three homers and four stolen bases during that stretch.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
2
3
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
42
1
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+49%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+80%
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 .911 333 45 16 40 14 .286 .384 .526
Since 2019vs Right .613 267 32 6 20 10 .202 .286 .328
2021vs Left .894 193 26 10 24 10 .284 .373 .521
2021vs Right .497 113 13 2 8 5 .171 .230 .267
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
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+41%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+46%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+63%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .764 275 35 8 26 13 .254 .338 .426
Since 2019Away .781 304 37 13 33 10 .243 .336 .446
2021Home .867 156 22 5 17 10 .302 .378 .489
2021Away .616 150 17 7 15 5 .178 .260 .356
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
9.2%
 
K Rate
27.5%
 
BABIP
.303
 
ISO
.182
 
AVG
.241
 
OBP
.320
 
SLG
.423
 
OPS
.744
 
wOBA
.327
 
Exit Velocity
81.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.0%
 
Barrels/PA
6.3%
 
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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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Perfect at the dish
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 30, 2021
Slater went 3-for-3 with three runs in Thursday's 5-4 win against the Diamondbacks.
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Blasts pinch-hit homer
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 23, 2021
Slater came off the bench to hit a three-run homer in Thursday's loss to the Padres.
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Posts 15th steal
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 19, 2021
Slater went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Sunday's 3-0 loss to Atlanta.
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Takes seat Thursday
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 16, 2021
Slater isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against San Diego, Amy Gutierrez of the Giants' official site reports.
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Steals base in win
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 13, 2021
Slater went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Cubs.
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