Austin Hays
23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Baltimore Orioles AAA
7-Day IL
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Est. Return 5/24/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hays reached the majors in 2017, and seemed likely to spend a good chunk of last season back with the big club. However, he dealt with shoulder soreness in spring training and struggled to get going back at Double-A, hitting .224/.259/.374 in 43 games before suffering a stress fracture in his ankle that sidelined him for over two months. Hays returned to Double-A in early August and hit .273/.291/.535 with six home runs in 23 games before eventually undergoing surgery to repair the stress fracture. He needs to recapture his line-drive-oriented approach from 2017, as he could naturally hit 25-plus home runs by taking what pitchers give him -- he seemed to be selling out for power last season. Hays makes for a nice post-hype sleeper in 2019. He will likely return to the minors for a month or two, but will be up once he looks ready. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in March of 2019.
Moving rehab to minors
OFBaltimore Orioles  AAA
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May 12, 2019
Hays (thumb) will join High-A Frederick to begin a rehab assignment, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
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Hays has been playing games at extended spring training since May 3 as he continues his recovery from the left thumb sprain. The 23-year-old will likely play at least a few games with the Keys before coming off the minor-league injured list and heading to Triple-A Norfolk.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+41%
OPS vs LHP
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+41%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .714 14 1 1 2 0 .214 .214 .500
Since 2017vs Right .506 49 3 0 6 0 .217 .245 .261
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .714 14 1 1 2 0 .214 .214 .500
2017vs Right .506 49 3 0 6 0 .217 .245 .261
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+8%
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+8%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .578 30 3 0 5 0 .241 .233 .345
Since 2017Away .533 33 1 1 3 0 .194 .242 .290
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .578 30 3 0 5 0 .241 .233 .345
2017Away .533 33 1 1 3 0 .194 .242 .290
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
How many hitting prospects can say they skipped Low-A and Triple-A in the same season? Hays did just that in 2017, beginning the year in the Carolina League and finishing the campaign as the Orioles’ leadoff hitter. His muscular forearms produce high-end bat speed, which results in plus right-handed power. He currently operates with a see ball, hit ball approach, but there has been no reason for him to utilize patience, as he never faced adversity in the minors. His eye-popping production in 64 games at High-A (167 wRC+, .263 ISO, 16 HR) and 64 games at Double-A (161 wRC+, .264 ISO, 16 HR) was eerily consistent. He runs well enough to handle center field, but has not yet learned how to utilize his above-average speed on the bases, limiting him to four-category production for now. Unless he appears overmatched in spring training, Hays should open the year as the Orioles’ everyday right fielder. His future is very bright, but there could be more growing pains in his first full season in the majors.
The Orioles are not known for making quality draft picks outside of the first round, but they certainly appear to have done so when they popped Hays with the 91st pick in last year's draft. An impressive physical specimen at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Hays was given the slot value out of Jacksonville University, so this looks like a pure scouting find. He boasts at least average offensive tools across the board, and his strength and aggressive style of play allow those tools to play up. His all-fields approach is impressive considering how much he impacts the baseball, which speaks to the strength in his wrists and forearms. With a chance to handle all three outfield spots, his glove won't hinder his ability to make the big leagues, so it will simply come down to how well he can handle upper-level offspeed stuff. Given where he was drafted, Hays has a chance to be one of the best bargains in dynasty league drafts this spring.
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Sees first game action
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May 3, 2019
Hays (thumb) played center field for six innings during a game at extended spring training Friday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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Nearing game action
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May 1, 2019
Hays (thumb) is close to playing in games at extended spring training, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
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No longer needs splint
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April 18, 2019
Hays had the splint removed from his sprained left thumb and recently began a hitting progression, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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MRI reveals mild sprain
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March 25, 2019
Hays' MRI on his left thumb revealed a mild sprain, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Heading for MRI
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March 23, 2019
Hays will undergo an MRI within the next couple of days after injuring his left thumb Saturday, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
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