Austin Slater
Austin Slater
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Francisco Giants
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
May not make Opening Day roster
OFSan Francisco Giants
March 25, 2020
Slater's remaining minor-league option could be a hurdle to making the season-opening roster, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
ANALYSIS
The 27-year-old appeared in 68 games during the second half of the season for the Giants last year, but his remaining minor-league option plus the offseason additions of Wilmer Flores, Hunter Pence and Billy Hamilton leave him with no real roster security. Slater primarily played right field in 2019 and had a .238/.333/.417 slash line with five home runs, though he also saw some minimal action at first base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
1
4
9
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
10
6
1
4
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .761 216 17 2 30 3 .285 .356 .404
Since 2017vs Right .664 328 39 7 30 5 .234 .320 .344
2019vs Left .838 91 8 2 10 1 .275 .363 .475
2019vs Right .671 101 12 3 11 0 .205 .307 .364
2018vs Left .657 87 5 0 13 2 .273 .345 .312
2018vs Right .629 138 16 1 10 5 .238 .326 .303
2017vs Left .813 38 4 0 7 0 .333 .368 .444
2017vs Right .709 89 11 3 9 0 .259 .326 .383
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+63%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+33%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+37%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .617 243 20 2 22 5 .225 .317 .300
Since 2017Away .770 301 36 7 38 3 .277 .349 .421
2019Home .545 77 7 2 6 0 .134 .247 .299
2019Away .886 115 13 3 15 1 .307 .391 .495
2018Home .552 119 8 0 10 5 .223 .319 .233
2018Away .734 106 13 1 13 2 .281 .349 .385
2017Home .891 47 5 0 6 0 .372 .426 .465
2017Away .652 80 10 3 10 0 .230 .288 .365
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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.
BB/K
0.37
 
BB Rate
11.5%
 
K Rate
30.7%
 
BABIP
.337
 
ISO
.179
 
AVG
.238
 
OBP
.333
 
SLG
.417
 
OPS
.750
 
wOBA
.331
 
Exit Velocity
89.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
45.0%
 
Barrels/PA
5.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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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Starts again
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 8, 2019
Slater went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Dodgers.
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Homers for only run
OFSan Francisco Giants
August 31, 2019
Slater went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Padres.
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Clubs fourth homer
OFSan Francisco Giants
August 21, 2019
Slater went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs.
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Reaches base five times in win
OFSan Francisco Giants
August 16, 2019
Slater went 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, a stolen base and an RBI while scoring twice in a win over Arizona on Thursday.
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Ropes triple in loss
OFSan Francisco Giants
August 10, 2019
Slater went 1-for-4 with a triple in Friday's 9-6 loss to the Phillies.
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