Austin Hays
23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
60-Day DL
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 3/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Recalled from minors, placed on 60-day DL
OFBaltimore Orioles
Ankle
September 24, 2018
Hays (ankle) was recalled from Double-A Bowie on Monday and placed on the 60-day disabled list.
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This is simply procedural, as Hays has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing ankle surgery earlier in September. The transaction freed up a roster spot for John Means, who had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk in a corresponding move. It's still unclear if Hays will be ready to go for the start of spring training.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+41%
OPS vs LHP
2018
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2017
 
 
+41%
OPS vs LHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .714 14 1 1 2 0 .214 .214 .500
Since 2016vs Right .506 49 3 0 6 0 .217 .245 .261
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2016
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2018
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2017
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .578 30 3 0 5 0 .241 .233 .345
Since 2016Away .533 33 1 1 3 0 .194 .242 .290
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Undergoes successful surgery
OFBaltimore Orioles
Ankle
September 13, 2018
Hays underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his ankle Thursday morning, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Recommended for surgery
OFBaltimore Orioles
Ankle
September 12, 2018
Hays visited a specialist in Wisconsin who recommended he undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture in his ankle, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. He's scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday, Hays said on his his personal Twitter account.
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Back with Bowie
OFBaltimore Orioles
August 7, 2018
Hays (ankle) was activated from the minor-league disabled list Tuesday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
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To begin rehab assignment
OFBaltimore Orioles
Ankle
July 24, 2018
Hays (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment with short-season Aberdeen this week, Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com reports.
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Resumes activities
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Ankle
July 20, 2018
Hays (ankle) resumed baseball activities with Double-A Bowie on Friday, Steve Melewski of MASN Sports reports.
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