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Birth Date7-5-1995
Height6' 1"
Weight195 lbs
Age23 years, 7 months, 16 days
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MLB Statistics

2017 BAL 21 20 63 13 3 0 1 2 16 0 0 0 .217 .238 .317 70 -2.2 -0.4 -3.0 -0.4

Statistics for All Levels

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2016 ABE A- 38 153 .234 .315 .323 .410 100 14 4.2 -1.6 171 0 1.0 -0.9 6.4 1.0
2017 BAL MLB 20 63 .236 .301 .387 .273 103 -4.3 1.8 -0.3 70 13 -3.0 -0.4 -2.2 -0.4
2017 FRD A+ 64 280 .250 .319 .377 .337 109 17.2 7.7 0.3 147 0 7.4 0.7 7.9 2.5
2017 BOW AA 64 283 .262 .333 .398 .345 105 21.7 7.7 -1.2 152 0 -3.7 3.2 9.9 1.7
2018 ABE A- 9 39 .238 .307 .344 .233 88 -3.4 1.1 -0.5 92 0 -0.6 0.0 -1.3 -0.1
2018 BOW AA 66 288 .248 .319 .382 .263 98 1.5 8.2 -2.3 89 0 6.2 0.9 -7.3 0.6

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2016 ABE A- 153 140 14 47 9 2 4 72 21 11 32 4 3 .336 .386 .514 .179 1 0
2017 FRD A+ 280 262 42 86 15 3 16 155 41 12 40 4 6 .328 .364 .592 .263 2 0
2017 BOW AA 283 261 39 86 17 2 16 155 54 13 45 1 1 .330 .367 .594 .264 3 2
2017 BAL MLB 63 60 4 13 3 0 1 19 8 2 16 0 0 .217 .238 .317 .100 1 0
2018 ABE A- 39 37 6 7 2 0 0 9 3 2 7 0 0 .189 .231 .243 .054 0 0
2018 BOW AA 288 273 34 66 12 2 12 118 43 12 59 6 3 .242 .271 .432 .190 3 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2017 224 0.4509 0.5313 0.6303 0.6634 0.4228 0.7910 0.4231 0.3697 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation


Year Team Salary
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2017 BAL $


Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 34 d1 year (2018)

  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by Baltimore 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Baltimore 9/5/17.
  • Drafted by Baltimore 2016 (3-91) (Jacksonville). $0.6658M signing bonus (slot amount).

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2019-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jeff, what do you think of Austin Hays? Saw him a couple years ago and loved what I saw, but haven’t heard much since and seems like he’s struggled with injuries and what not.
(Toby from Philly)
Man, I don't have a great feel here and he bounced around a lot on drafts of the Orioles list (which feels to me like it was written three years ago at this point). The injuries played a part, and I believe he also had his detractors within the organization. 2019 might give him a fresh start on a number of levels. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you buying in on Cedric Mullins long term? Also, is Austin Hays an afterthought now? 📉
(Beatrice Bourbon from Savannah)
Yep, I like Mullins, although I wish he would run a little more. I don't know if Hays is an afterthought, but this season sure has been a bummer. (Mark Barry)
2018-07-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)Has Cedric Mullins surpassed Austin Hays as the best Orioles OF prospect? How close was Mullins to crack the top fifty?
(Collusion Joe from TBD)
Probably? Hays is a guy I will have to dig into more when team list time starts up. We've always liked Mullins though and he was a long list guy for the 50. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-04-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's your long-term expectation for Austin Hays?
(roxfan12 from Denver)
Long term, he should be a decent corner outfielder. I just don't see the hit tool getting him to a point where he is a star. Pitchers learned something about him in the majors last season and his K rates in AA so far this season are similar. He needs to figure out an adjustment to take step forward. (Scott Delp)
2018-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)For the most part this list follows the BP tradition of emphasizing ceiling over proximity -- e.g., Austin Hays behind a number of further away outfielders. Gleyber over Vlad seems a bit different, so I'd be interested in what were the key reasons?
(edwardarthur from Illinois)
I could be convinced on 3-4-5 in just about any order. So I don't think there is nearly the same gap between Gleyber and Vladito that there is between like Hays and Taveras. (I also would bump Hays 25 spots if I was filing today instead of five weeks ago). I think there has been some overreaction to Torres' UCL injury, and if he had stayed healthy and kept hitting he would have either been #1 or not eligible for this list. So I don't think there is THAT much more ceiling for Vladito. (Top 101 with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)I was surprised to see Austin Hays at 72 after his strong showing in his call-up last year. In comparison to another MLB-ready prospect (J.P. Crawford, 14th), doesn't that feel too low for Hays given his floor?
(Jake from FL)
I'd have Hays closer to 50 now, but the potential gold glove shortstop is always going to have the floor edge over the probable right fielder. (Top 101 with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)You guys seem low on Austin Hays, what do you expect from him this year if in fact he is in the opening day outfield for the O's?
(Paddy from Ireland)
Oh, ~15% better than league average hitter, power over hit, solid corner D, what is that nowadays, Matt Joyce? Corey Dickerson? (Top 101 with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-01-23 23:00:00 (link to chat)Likelihood of Austin Hays winning a starting OF out of spring? Long term prognosis? Thanks
(Cubbie Bear from Chi-Town )
I'm not sure the Orioles are going to be incentivized to start his clock ticking right out of the gate, although then again it's basically Joey Rickard standing in his way as we stand here, right? So I guess it's more possible than you might intuitively think. He was promoted hella aggressively last year, an definitely looked a little under water at September coffee. There's plenty to like about him as a hitter, though his profile (big right-handed power, hasn't struggled in the minors, extremely fast riser) tends to lend itself to some ugliness in adjusting to big-league life, so I wouldn't go *too* crazy expecting out-of-the-gate success over the next year or two. I would not be surprised if this ends up a freezing cold take. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-11-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bat only, could you rank Anthony Alford, Alex Verdugo and Austin Hays, all intriguing, young OFs.
(Duke of New York from Manhattan)
This is pretty close for me. If Verdugo can even find 10-15 home run pop it's probably him. Hays probably has the highest upside, but lowest floor. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-11-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is Austin Hays' hit and power tool now? Does he start in RF out of the shoot for the O's?
(Davis Sinclair from Lodi, CA)
Greg wrote him as 5/5 in June. I think there is maybe a half tick more pop in there. That's not ideal for RF, but he has a broad enough base of athletic skills you might as well give him a full season to see if we are low. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Hays came out of nowhere. How high has his star risen and what do you see his slash line looking like during his prime?
(Jay O'Neill from Los Angeles, CA)
He looks like one of those high floor/low ceiling dudes to me. Average regular with some pop, nothing overly sexy. This is also when Jeffrey comes in to yell at me for using the phrase "high floor." (Nicolas Stellini)
2017-09-18 23:00:00 (link to chat)Now that the season is coming to an end who are some prospects you'd pick up in dynasty leagues to hold in the offseason?
(Chansen8895 from San Jose)
Michel Baez was my favorite breakout this year in dynasty leagues, though if you're beyond like a shallow-pool 12-teamer there's a good chance that ship has sailed already. I grabbed Austin Hays in a couple leagues, he did nothing but rake this year between A+ and AA. Monte Harrison started to put it together a bit this year, he's a solid add for the upside. On the other end of the spectrum, Brian Anderson hit really well, has made his MLB debut, and should have the chance to win a regular job in Miami next year - he fits the mold of a boring but potentially overlooked contributor. In deep, dark leagues, Freudis Nova in the Houston system as a 5-tooler with a shot to stick at short. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-09-07 20:00:00 (link to chat)Any September call-ups for those needing an immediate injection of power?
(nschaef from NYC)
Austin Hays. It's unclear how much playing time he'll get with the Orioles, but this season, he hit .328/.364/.592 with 16 home runs in 64 games in High-A and hit .330/.367/.594 line with 16 home runs in Double-A. That's 32 homers in 128 games this season. He's got some power. (Scooter Hotz)
2017-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)In the updated prospect rankings after this year ends where would you have Austin Hays in a Top 100?
(Vivek from Baltimore, MD)
My guess, since prospecting is traditionally conservative in ranking (not anything specific about Jeff or Jarrett, who are aces), you won't see him in the top 20 or anything crazy. But I would expect that this season has put him easily within the top 50. My guess is that he slots in around 40. (Trevor Strunk)
2017-07-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is Austin Hays looking like a top 101 guy? I’m guessing he will be on the fringes of that, but I wonder if he was mentioned while drafting this list.
(SansRig from Work)
He was far enough off the 50 to not get a ton of consideration (although we like him internally), but fringe 101 guy seems fair. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)How far have Austin Hays and Edwin Rios raised their prospect stock this year?
(brad from NJ)
I am not equipped to answer a prospect question without advance notice. Especially after a two hour chat! Thanks for all the questions and we'll see you next time. (Rob Mains)
2017-06-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank the following based on fantasy profile long-term: Jake Bauers, Nick Williams, Scott Kingery, Shed Long, Austin Hays, Ryan Mountcastle. Thanks!
(Fred from Scottsdale)
Williams, Mountcastle, Kingery, Hays, Long, Bauers.

It's tough because you've got some speed-only types in there and at that point it really just depends what you're looking for on your team. I have never been on Bauers, so there might be some bias there. (Craig Goldstein)

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