Austin Riley
22-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
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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Drills third homer
3BAtlanta Braves
May 20, 2019
Riley went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Monday's 4-1 victory over the Giants.
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The rookie slugger has been stellar in his first week at the MLB level; he's knocked three homers with a .409 average in 22 at-bats. It looks like Riley is going to force the Braves to keep him in the lineup, even when Ender Inciarte (back) returns. He should be owned in all standard leagues at this point.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+162%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+162%
OPS vs LHP
2018
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2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left 2.467 6 2 2 4 0 .600 .667 1.800
Since 2017vs Right .941 17 3 1 2 0 .353 .353 .588
2019vs Left 2.467 6 2 2 4 0 .600 .667 1.800
2019vs Right .941 17 3 1 2 0 .353 .353 .588
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
 
 
+51%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+51%
OPS on Road
2018
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2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home 1.211 19 4 2 4 0 .421 .421 .789
Since 2017Away 1.833 4 1 1 2 0 .333 .500 1.333
2019Home 1.211 19 4 2 4 0 .421 .421 .789
2019Away 1.833 4 1 1 2 0 .333 .500 1.333
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.
BB/K
0.14
 
BB Rate
4.3%
 
K Rate
30.4%
 
BABIP
.500
 
ISO
.455
 
AVG
.409
 
OBP
.435
 
SLG
.864
 
OPS
1.298
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Goes deep again
3BAtlanta Braves
May 18, 2019
Riley went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in a 4-3 victory over the Brewers on Saturday.
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Three hits in encore
3BAtlanta Braves
May 17, 2019
Riley went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Thursday's rout of the Cardinals.
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Goes yard in big-league debut
3BAtlanta Braves
May 15, 2019
Riley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Cardinals.
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Promoted ahead of debut
3BAtlanta Braves
May 15, 2019
Riley had his contract selected from Triple-A Gwinnett prior to Wednesday's game against the Cardinals. According to David O'Brien of The Athletic, Riley is starting in left field and hitting sixth.
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Getting the call
3BAtlanta Braves
May 14, 2019
The Braves will promote Riley from Triple-A Gwinnett ahead of Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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