Austin Slater

Austin Slater

31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cincinnati Reds
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Slater was limited to just 90 plate appearances in the first half last season due to a pair of hamstring injuries. He later had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow just after the season to remove a bone spur which apparently had been an issue for a couple years. In between the injuries and surgery Slater was his usual productive self against left-handed pitching, slashing .288/.361/.439 with four homers in 147 plate appearances. He started just seven games versus righties and collected a .619 OPS. Slater's role as short-side platoon specialist is very defined at this point and it's unlikely to change under new manager Bob Melvin. The 31-year-old is good enough at the role to have some deep-league fantasy value, but he's simply not going to play enough to be useful in shallower leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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#362
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$Signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Giants in November of 2023. Traded to the Reds in July of 2024.
Debuts for new team
OFCincinnati Reds
July 11, 2024
Slater started in center field and went 1-for-3 in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to Colorado.
ANALYSIS
Slater made his first appearance as a member of the team after Cincinnati acquired him from the Giants on Sunday. He could be a regular in the lineup heading into the All-Star break and shortly thereafter. Reds manager David Bell said TJ Friedl (hamstring) could rejoin the team 7-to-10 days after the break.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
17
4
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+71%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .743 419 60 8 38 11 .260 .356 .388
Since 2022vs Right .698 232 25 5 25 5 .242 .345 .354
2024vs Left .476 90 10 0 5 2 .176 .300 .176
2024vs Right .814 29 2 1 4 0 .261 .379 .435
2023vs Left .800 147 18 4 15 2 .288 .361 .439
2023vs Right .619 60 6 1 5 0 .226 .317 .302
2022vs Left .824 182 32 4 18 7 .277 .379 .445
2022vs Right .710 143 17 3 16 5 .246 .350 .361
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+52%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .752 339 47 7 34 7 .266 .360 .392
Since 2022Away .700 312 38 6 29 9 .241 .343 .357
2024Home .609 64 6 1 8 2 .222 .313 .296
2024Away .490 55 6 0 1 0 .163 .327 .163
2023Home .906 105 15 3 12 1 .318 .429 .477
2023Away .595 102 9 2 8 1 .227 .265 .330
2022Home .713 170 26 3 14 4 .252 .335 .377
2022Away .844 155 23 4 20 8 .278 .400 .444
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
13.4%
 
K Rate
26.9%
 
BABIP
.269
 
ISO
.041
 
AVG
.196
 
OBP
.319
 
SLG
.237
 
OPS
.556
 
wOBA
.266
 
Exit Velocity
88.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.3%
 
Barrels/PA
2.5%
 
Expected BA
.237
 
Expected SLG
.332
 
Sprint Speed
24.3 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
49.3%
 
Line Drive %
26.9%
 
Fly Ball %
23.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Slater filled his usual platoon against southpaw role, but improved numbers against righthanders fueled a career-high number of plate appearances, albeit in fewer games than 2021 since Slater incurred a couple of shirt IL stints. His power dropped, commensurate with the hitting environment, but the rest of Slater's underlying metrics carried over from the prior season. With Mitch Haniger signed as a free agent, Slater is again destined for short side of the platoon work, spelling Joc Pederson and sometimes Mike Yastrzemski along with some time at designated hitter. Slater's ability to collect double-digit steals in a part-time capacity has some mixed league appeal, but more on a fill in basis when it is clear he'll be on the field frequently during that transaction period.
Slater helped propel the Giants to the playoff by filling the short side a platoon in the outfield. His double-digit home runs and stolen bases make it seems like he could benefit from more playing time. The deal is that an extreme platoon split will limit his upside. In his career (843 PA), he's struggled against righties (.633 OPS, .853 OPS against lefties). Those struggles didn't end in 2021 with a .894 OPS vs. LHP and just a .497 vs. RHP. Nothing in his profile points to his struggles against lefties going away. His fantasy value comes down to the league type. If the league allows daily moves, he can be started when there is a lefty on the mound, and benched the rest of the time. In a weekly league, he's waiver wire fodder, appealing primarily in those one or two weeks when the Giants are facing five or more lefties. Don't get sucked into doubling his 2021 season.
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.
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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Joining new team Tuesday
OFCincinnati Reds
July 8, 2024
Slater won't be available to make his Reds debut until Tuesday's game against the Rockies, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Shipped to Cincinnati
OFCincinnati Reds
July 7, 2024
The Reds acquired Slater and cash considerations from the Giants on Sunday in exchange for left-handed pitcher Alex Young, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
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Sitting down Wednesday
OFSan Francisco Giants
June 26, 2024
Slater isn't in the Giants' lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Sitting Tuesday
OFSan Francisco Giants
June 25, 2024
Slater isn't in the Giants' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs, Shayna Rubin of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Gets aboard four times
OFSan Francisco Giants
June 16, 2024
Slater went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run, a walk, a hit-by-pitch and two total runs scored in Sunday's 13-6 win over the Angels.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Sneaky pickup?
OFSan Francisco Giants
June 7, 2023
Slater missed multiple weeks due to a hamstring injury, but he has hit 5-for-16 in a daily role for the Giants since returning.
ANALYSIS
Slater was a reliable, if unspectacular, fantasy asset last season, hitting .264 with seven homers, 49 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 125 games. In a limited 2023 sample size, Slater is hitting .343 through 38 plate appearances. His continued acclimation is worth monitoring in deeper leagues.
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