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Austin Riley

Austin Riley

3B - ATL
Age: 22Bats: RThrows: R

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Shortly after the Braves starting giving Riley outfield reps, an injury to Ender Inciarte opened the door to a big league promotion. The third baseman had clobbered 15 homers in 37 Triple-A games before touching them all nine times in his first 18 games. An untenable approach eventually caught up to him, as he's hitting .240/.294/.492 in early August despite batting .307 on June 8. The power is legit, but the sky-high strikeout rate makes him susceptible to alarming batting-average downside. He has also lost playing time on the contending Braves because of these struggles, so he'll need to pick it up again to maintain his spot on mixed-league rosters.

Riley had everyone excited upon his arrival to the bigs and while that name recognition may still linger, he is coming back down to earth a bit. Don't be shocked if he finishes the year with 35 homers, but his batting average won't help much and he offers zero speed.

Riley's batting average has predictably tumbled due to his propensity to strike out. But he was able to make adjustments and improve his strikeout rate in Triple-A, so it will be interesting to see if he can accomplish the same feat at the Big League level. Whether he's able to hit for a decent average or not, his power potential is clearly off the charts and hitting in the middle of Atlanta's lineup will continue to be a boon to his run production numbers as well.

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