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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Clubs fourth homer
1BSan Francisco Giants
August 21, 2019
Slater went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs.
ANALYSIS
He got the Giants on the board with a second-inning blast off Cole Hamels. Slater hadn't gone yard since July 12, but he's maintained a strong bat for the club despite the lack of over-the-fence power, slashing .333/.462/.548 through 16 games in August.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
1
3
7
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
4
3
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .805 177 13 1 29 3 .306 .379 .427
Since 2017vs Right .713 304 38 7 30 5 .251 .342 .371
2019vs Left 1.056 52 4 1 9 1 .341 .442 .614
2019vs Right .874 77 11 3 11 0 .266 .390 .484
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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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+27%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+74%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+33%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+37%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .649 214 17 1 21 5 .243 .341 .308
Since 2017Away .823 267 34 7 38 3 .293 .367 .456
2019Home .646 48 4 1 5 0 .154 .313 .333
2019Away 1.121 81 11 3 15 1 .377 .469 .652
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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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 this season's data (min 200 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
15.0%
 
K Rate
27.1%
 
BABIP
.394
 
ISO
.234
 
AVG
.288
 
OBP
.406
 
SLG
.523
 
OPS
.929
 
wOBA
.409
 
Exit Velocity
89.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
52.8%
 
Barrels/PA
7.1%
 
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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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Reaches base five times in win
1BSan Francisco Giants
August 16, 2019
Slater went 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, a stolen base and an RBI while scoring twice in a win over Arizona on Thursday.
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Ropes triple in loss
1BSan Francisco Giants
August 10, 2019
Slater went 1-for-4 with a triple in Friday's 9-6 loss to the Phillies.
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Laces RBI triple
1BSan Francisco Giants
August 2, 2019
Slater went 1-for-2 with an RBI triple and a walk in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Rockies.
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Likely replacement for Dickerson
1BSan Francisco Giants
August 1, 2019
Slater will start in right field and bat eighth Thursday against the Phillies, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Earns start vs. righty
1BSan Francisco Giants
July 18, 2019
Slater started in right field and went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's 11-8 win over the Rockies.
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