Austin Riley
Austin Riley
22-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Atlanta Braves
10-Day IL
Injury Knee
Est. Return 9/1/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Remarkably little has changed regarding Riley's outlook since he made his full-season debut in 2016. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound third baseman still projects as a No. 5 hitter who should provide 30-plus homer power while hitting .250 or .260. He was promoted to Triple-A in early May and missed a month in the middle of the season with a knee injury. After the calendar turned to August, Riley really heated up, hitting .289/.333/.570 with eight home runs in 129 PA. However, strikeouts (31.8 K%) were still an issue during that run and he was not exhibiting much patience (4.8 BB%), so this was not a case of a player being unfairly held down for service time reasons. Riley still has significant approach issues to work on against Triple-A pitching and won't turn 22 until April 2. With the Braves signing Josh Donaldson to a one-year deal and Johan Camargo coming off a 3.3-win (fWAR) season, there won't be any rush to get Riley to Atlanta. Read Past Outlooks
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Rehab assignment this weekend
3BAtlanta Braves
Knee
August 20, 2019
Riley (knee) could begin a rehab assignment this weekend, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
He hit on the field for the first time Tuesday. This lines up with the last reported timetable, as Riley will attempt to get back shortly after rosters expand in September. With Ender Inciarte (hamstring) and Nick Markakis (wrist) also on the shelf, there will be at-bats waiting for Riley, assuming he is able to return first.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
35
3
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
6
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+67%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+67%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left 1.157 60 13 7 14 0 .302 .383 .774
Since 2017vs Right .693 195 25 10 31 0 .224 .267 .426
2019vs Left 1.157 60 13 7 14 0 .302 .383 .774
2019vs Right .693 195 25 10 31 0 .224 .267 .426
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .925 128 24 10 24 0 .277 .328 .597
Since 2017Away .670 127 14 7 21 0 .205 .260 .410
2019Home .925 128 24 10 24 0 .277 .328 .597
2019Away .670 127 14 7 21 0 .205 .260 .410
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Austin Riley 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
0.14
 
BB Rate
5.1%
 
K Rate
35.3%
 
BABIP
.308
 
ISO
.263
 
AVG
.242
 
OBP
.294
 
SLG
.504
 
OPS
.798
 
wOBA
.341
 
Exit Velocity
90.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
44.2%
 
Barrels/PA
8.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
It is pretty obvious at this point in the Braves' rebuild that Riley is the third baseman of the future. He held his own (109 wRC+) as one of the second youngest position players in the Florida State League, prompting an aggressive July promotion to Double-A. That's when he really made his mark. Were it not for teammate and baseball prodigy Ronald Acuna, Riley would have easily been the youngest player to get 200 plate appearances in the Southern League, yet he still proceeded to be 62 percent better than league average while posting his best BB/K (0.40) since rookie ball. He has prototypical size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) for the hot corner and enough power to challenge for 30-homer campaigns in his peak years, especially in that park. He does not project to hit .300 in the big leagues, but he could be a .270 hitter who walks a decent amount and hits in an advantageous spot in the lineup. If he handles Triple-A the way he handled Double-A, we could see him in Atlanta this summer.
Riley celebrated his 19th birthday on April 2 and five days later got his first taste of life in the middle of a Low-A lineup. He struggled for the first couple months, as most teenagers do when they first face pitchers who can occasionally locate mid-90s cheese and spin breaking balls. However, he made the necessary adjustments and hit .289/.348/.581 with 17 home runs and a 61:22 K:BB over his final 279 plate appearances with Rome. Also notable is the fact that Riley cut his strikeout rate from 32.6 percent in the first half to 21.8 percent in the second half. In a system flush with high-upside arms yet light on impact bat-first position players, Riley boasts the most raw power on the farm. That 65-grade power makes him a top-five third base prospect in the game and will allow him to challenge for the home run crown with High-A Florida while being one of the youngest hitters in the Florida State League.
Standing 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, Riley generates impressive bat speed and power from the right side of the plate, more than enough to put him on the radar in long-term dynasty and keeper leagues. A supplemental first-round pick in 2015, Riley didn't exactly hit the ground running as a professional, batting .163 with no home runs in his first 14 games with the Gulf Coast League Braves. Riley would go on to hit 12 home runs in his final 46 games between the GCL and Danville of the Appalachian League. He also showed good patience for an 18-year-old, and has the arm to stick at third base. Look for Riley to receive his first full-season assignment in 2016.
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Won't require surgery
3BAtlanta Braves
Knee
August 13, 2019
Riley (knee) will not require surgery and hopes to begin playing in minor-league games in two weeks, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Has partially torn LCL
3BAtlanta Braves
Knee
August 8, 2019
Riley has a partially torn LCL and will get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Monday, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Visiting Dr. James Andrews
3BAtlanta Braves
Knee
August 8, 2019
Riley (knee) will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Headed to IL
3BAtlanta Braves
Knee
August 7, 2019
Riley will be placed on the injured list with a knee ligament injury, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Slugs 17th homer
3BAtlanta Braves
August 3, 2019
Riley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Reds.
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