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Austin Charles Brian Hays (born July 5, 1995) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2017.

Austin Hays
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Hays with the Baltimore Orioles in 2017
Baltimore Orioles – No. 21
Born: (1995-07-05) July 5, 1995 (age 24)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 2017, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average.217
Home runs1
Runs batted in8


Amateur careerEdit

Hays attended Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Florida. He attended Seminole State College of Florida, where he played college baseball for the Seminole State Raiders, and transferred to Jacksonville University, where he continued his college baseball career with the Jacksonville Dolphins.[1]

Professional careerEdit

The Baltimore Orioles selected Hays in the third round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.[2][3] Hays signed and made his professional debut with the Aberdeen Ironbirds of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League where he batted .336 with four home runs and 21 RBIs in 38 games. He started the 2017 season with the Frederick Keys of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League.[4][5] On May 26, 2017, he became the first player in Frederick history to hit three home runs in one game.[6][7] He received a promotion to the Bowie Baysox of the Class AA Eastern League in June 2017.[8] In 128 games between Frederick and Bowie, he slashed .329/.365/.593 with 32 home runs and 95 RBIs.[9]

The Orioles promoted Hays to the major leagues on September 5, 2017, making him the first 2016 draftee to reach the major leagues.[10] He made his major league debut September 7, 2017.[11] He had his first MLB hit, followed by his first MLB home run, in a 9–3 loss against the New York Yankees on September 16.[12] In 20 games for Baltimore during the 2017 season, he batted .217/.238/.317 in 60 at bats.[13] He began 2018 with Bowie. He did not play in the majors in 2018 struggling with under performance and injury.


  1. ^ Buchalter, Bill. "College Connections: Volusia outfielder injects power into Jacksonville's offense". Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Ghiroli, Brittany. "Orioles pick Austin Hays in Round 3 of Draft |". Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "JU's Austin Hays picked by Orioles in third round of draft". June 10, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "Orioles 2016 draft picks Sedlock, Akin and Hays expected to be fast-tracked to Frederick". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Steve Melewski (March 30, 2017). "A look at minor league outfielder Austin Hays, plus other notes - Steve Melewski". Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "Hays homers three times as Keys' leadoff man". Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "Hays homers thrice, but Keys swept in twinbill | Professional: All Sports". May 25, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  8. ^ Steve Melewski (July 6, 2017). "Bowie skipper talks Austin Hays, plus other notes - Steve Melewski". Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Austin Hays Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "Orioles' Hays, first 2016 draftee to reach majors, 'couldn't have imagined being in a better spot'". Baltimore Sun. September 1, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  11. ^ Troxell, Jacob (September 9, 2017). "Tim Beckham Homers, But Orioles Lose Third Straight Game". Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  12. ^ Encina, Eduardo A. (September 16, 2017). "Orioles' record misery against Yankees continues with 9-3 road loss". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  13. ^ [1]

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