Austin Riley, age twenty-four, finished his third season in the major leagues… finished with a .303 batting average (179-for-590), 33 home runs, 107 RBI and 91 runs… awards : louisville slugger silver slugger (3b), all-mlb team (3b)… nl ranks: total bases (313, 2nd), rbi (107, 2nd), hits (179, 3rd), batting average (.303, 6th), home runs (33, 10th)…finished 3rd in the NL with 52 multi-hit games…toronto’s bo bichette (56) was the only other player in baseball, age 24 or younger , with most multi-hit games this season… ozzie albies was the last brave man 24 or younger to do it with 55 multi-hit games in 2019… after the all-star break, he led all of baseball with 94 hits …in those 72 games (71 starts), he also had 65 RBIs (3rd in mlb), .333 batting average (7th), .599 slugging percentage (7th), 37 extra-base hits ( t8th) and 19 home runs (11)… 94 hits post-a ll-star game is the most by a brave since ender inciarte had 100 hits after the break in 2016…the last atlant one infielder with the most was chipper jones (95) in 2001…he became one of 13 players, age 24 or younger, in the Atlanta Braves era (since 1966) to finish a season with a .300 or higher batting average (min. 300 plate appearances)…freddie freeman was the last atlanta hitter to do so when he posted a .319 clip as a 23-year-old in 2013…on september 25 he reached the 100 rbi mark, the first time in his career he has… three brave men crossed that threshold in 2021 (also adam duvall, 113; ozzie albies, 106)… on september 1st. Age 21, became the 10th Braves 24 and under to hit 30 home runs in a season (last: Acuña, 2019)… finished the 2021 campaign with 33 home runs and 33 doubles, becoming the Braves’ first-ever third baseman with a 30/30 season age 24 or younger since chipper jones in 1996…there are only three such seasons in franchise history (jones, 1996; eddie mathews, 1953)…named player of the week of the National League for the period May 17-23… in seven games, he went 12 for 26 with four doubles, six home runs and 11 RBIs… he is the only player in modern Los Angeles franchise history Braves to hit six home runs and 10 extra-base hits in any span of seven games… He went 2-for-5 with two home runs and a career-high six RBIs on July 27 in New York (NL). Became the first Braves third baseman with two home runs and six RBIs in a game since Earl Wi lliams on june 13, 1971…listed as the third baseman on mlb’s team of the month for august…hit safely in 23 of 26 august games, behind only chicago-al’s jose abreu (24 games in total) …in September . 20, he became the only brave man this season to record three doubles in one game, and the first since dansby swanson in August. 23, 2020, vs. philadelphia … at that point, he had happened 28 times in major league baseball this season … reached base five times in a game on three different occasions during the regular season, this past June 13 in miami. ..he didn’t do it even once in the first two seasons of him.
2021 postseason: batted .320 (8-for-25) in the world series with three RBIs and one run…hit two home runs in the 2021 postseason, one off milwaukee’s brandon woodruff and the other off the angels . (nl) tony gonsolin… went 3 for 4 in game 5 of the world series… since andruw jones went 3 for 4 on 10/10/2001, only three other braves the same age or younger what riley have booked a three-hit game in the postseason (ronald acuña jr., 2019-20; ozzie albies, 2020; freddie freeman, 2012)…his fourth-inning home run in game 1 of the nlcs marked the third consecutive playoff series he has homered, dating back to the 2020 nlcs… david justice set the franchise record for home runs in four consecutive postseason series covering the nlcs and the 1991 world series and the nlcs and the 1992 world series…javy lopez and fred mcgriff have since tied justice.
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In his second season in the major leagues, he played in 51 games and hit .239/.301/.415 (45-for-188) with seven doubles, eight home runs, 27 RBIs and 24 runs scored… he started all 51 games, 45 of which were at third base… also made starts at left field (4) and first base (2)… hit eight home runs, reaching career milestones of 20 and 25 home runs . hit his 20th homer on 4/8 off toronto’s matt shoemaker, and hit his 25th career home run in game 2 of a doubleheader on 4/9 against washington, off will crowe… for both milestones, it was the fourth fastest player. For games played in franchise history to reach that total, behind Wally Berger, Ronald Acuña Jr. and bob horner…his eight home runs traveled an average of a projected 424 feet, third-farthest in the majors, behind marcell ozuna (429 feet) and seattle’s ty france (425 feet)…france hit only four home runs. … two of his home runs went over 450 feet… one was 471 feet, off the national crown on 4/9, the third-longest by a Braves player in 2020… the other, against corey oswalt of the mets on 7/26, he went 458 feet and bounced off the third deck of citi’s field… only one of riley’s home runs came on a fastball… he hit .281/.328/.632 ( 16-of-57) breaking pitches (slider and curveball)…in 2019, his rookie season, he hit .195 against these pitches and struck out in 38 of his 86 plate appearances (41.9%)…more than half (15) of his 27 rbis came with two outs… in those situations, he slugged .446 (2 2b, 4 hr)… struck out in just 23.8% of his plate appearances , better than 36.4% strikeout is that he had in 2019…his chase rate of 32.4% and sniff rate of 30.1% were considerably lower than the totals he had in 2019 (chase rate of 37.7% and sniff rate of 38.7%)…scored five runs in a single game at 9/9 against the Marlins…got on base safely four times (2h, 2bb)…is one of six players in the was from atlanta (since 1966) to score as many runs in a game, joining adam duvall and dansby swanson, who also did it in that game… chipper jones, twice, kenny lofton and lonnie smith are the others… on aug 30 in philadelphia, hit a double and a home run in a 10-run second inning…became the first player on the braves with multiple extra-base hits in a single inning since jeff blauser on 6/22/97, too at philadelphia… his only triple of the season, and the second of his career, he broke a 2-2 tie and drove in three on 8/31 at boston… it was atlanta’s first triple with bases loaded since mallex smith cleared the bags on 5/30/16 against the giants.
started all 12 atlanta postseason games and hit .178/.245/.244 (8-for-45) with one home run, four RBIs and four runs scored…started 10 games at third base and two at left field…didn’t make the braves postseason roster in 2019…his first career postseason home run broke a tie in the 9th inning of game 1 of the nlcs, an eventual 5 win for atlanta -1… at age 23, 193 days, became the fourth-youngest player with a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later of a postseason game, joining phi’s jimmie foxx (game 5, ’30 ws), stl’s tim mccarver (game 5, ’64 ws) and atl’s chipper jones (game 1, ’95 ds)…hitting from no. 9, became just the fifth player in postseason history to hit a ninth-inning go-ahead home run from that spot in the batting order, joining NYM’s Lenny Dykstra (Game 3, ’86 LCS), Kirk Gibson from lad (game 1, ’88 ws), ed sprague from tor (game 2, ’92 ws) and alfonso soriano from nyy (game 4, ’01 lcs)… it was the sixth home run in franchise history that gave the Braves a lead in the ninth inning or later. from a postseason game, joining eddie mathews (game 4, ws ’57), chipper jones (game 1, ds ’95), javy lopez (game 1, ds ’96), rafael furcal (game 2, ds ’04 ) and rick ankiel (game 2, ’10 ds)…2b ozzie albies would later hit a two-run homer to cap the four-run frame…riley and albies (23 years, 279 days) are the first pair of teammates age 23 or younger to hit a home run in the same inning in postseason history.
entered the season ranked by baseball america as the no. 1 prospect in the atlanta organization…began the season with triple-a gwinnett…called up to atlanta in mid-may and spent the rest of the season with the braves…in his 80th game with atlanta, he cut . 262/.338/.646 (17-for-65) against lefties…hit seven home runs in 74 plate appearances against them, nearly half his season total, despite getting nearly four times as many appearances in the plate against righties…he also got eight walks against lefties, the same number he had against righties…the braves selected his contract on 5/15 after placing ender inciarte on the disabled list with a lumbar strain … homered in his second career plate appearance, out of st. louis’s michael wacha, becoming the eighth player in the atlanta era (since 1966) to homer in his mlb debut… prior to riley was evan gattis on 3/4/13 vs. philadelphia, vs. Hall of Fame Roy Halladay…named the n.l. rookie of the month in May, despite spending the first half of the month in the minors…he hit .356/.397/.746 (21-for-59) with seven home runs and 20 RBIs in 15 games…he’s the only braves player in history to hit seven home runs and drive in 20 in the first 15 games of his career…became the fastest braves player in the modern era to hit five career home runs, making it the ninth game of his career… at the time, only eight other major leaguers had hit at least five home runs in their first nine games… trevor de col’s story was the last with seven in 2016… the The only other 22-year-old to accomplish the feat was Carlos Delgado de Tor (1993-94). his seventh home run was a grand slam on may 29 off washington’s kyle mcgowin, in his 14th career game… he became only the second player in atlanta franchise history to hit a grand slam in the first 14 career games, joining marcus giles, who accomplished the feat in 2005. hit his 10th career home run on 12/6, his 26th career game…fastest in double-digit home runs, by games played, in the modern era (since 1900) of franchise history…wally berger held the previous record, hitting his 10th home run in his 29th game in 1930…recorded his 25th career rbi in the 18th game of his career. ..since rbi became an official statistic in 1920, riley was the second fastest player in 25 rbi, by games played, in major league history…only mandy brooks of the cubs in 1925 reached the mark fastest, posting his 25th rbi in his 17th career game… in 49 games before the all-star break, he posted an .873 ops (.312 obp, .561 slg) with 16 home runs, tying ryan klesko (1994) for the most home runs by a braves rookie before the break…also had 41 RBIs in that time…after the all-star break, he hit .486 ops (.211 obp, .276 slg) with two homers in 31 games…strung out in 39 of his 95 plate appearances (41.1 percent)…went on the disabled list on 5/8 with a sprained right knee and missed 28 games…had rehab assignments with single-a rome and triple-a gwinnett before being activated september 6…after activ tion, played in 14 games to finish the season and went 5-for-38 (.132) with a home run and four runs… he opened the season in triple-a and hit .299/.377/.681 (43 of 144) in 37 games…at the time of his selection, he led the international league in home runs (15), rbi (39), extra-base hits (25), total bases (98), and runs (32)…ranked second in slugging (.681) and third in runs (1,057)…had 13 home runs in his last 18 games, including three multi-home run efforts…named international league player of the week for the period 5/6-12 after batting .296 (8-for-27) with four home runs, eight RBIs and walks (5) as many times as he struck out (5).
He split the season between high-a florida and double-a mississippi, combining to hit .275 (133-for-484) with 71 runs, 41 extra-base hits and 74 RBIs in 129 games between the two clubs. .opened the year with florida and was ranked by baseball america as the no. 11 prospect…traded to mississippi 7/13…finished season ranked top 10 among atlanta farmers in hits (2nd, 133), home runs (3rd, 20), RBIs (3rd, 74) , walks (t9th, 43), slugging percentage (t7th, 446) and ops (8th, 786)…over the past two seasons, he leads Atlanta prospects in RBIs (154) and home runs (40 )…following his promotion to Mississippi, batted .315/.389/.511 in 48 games…ranked second in Southern League in hits (56), tied for fifth in home runs (8) and ranked 8th in RBIs (27) from 7/13 to season finale…hit 17 of his 20 home runs off right-handed pitchers…named California State League Mid-Season All-Star florida…earned fsl player of the week honors during the 5/1-7 period after hitting .462/.483/.846 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in seven games…appeared in 17 games with the peoria javelinas in the arizona fall league after the season, and batted .300/.364/.657 with 12 extra-base hits and 18 RBIs…he was named to both the afl fall-stars ga yo and best team of prospects after fall season…hit for cycle on 10/26 with worse, going 4-for-6 with three runs and five runs off the board…recorded first cycle in arizona fall league since 2008 .
He played his first full professional season as a single-a-Rome and hit .271 (134-for-495) with 68 runs, 61 extra-base hits and 80 RBIs in 129 games to earn Rome’s Player of the Year honors from the organization. .. finished the season leading all Atlanta pawns in home runs (20), doubles (39) and total bases (237), while ranking in the top 10 in RBIs (2nd, 80), slugging percentage ( 3rd, .479), ops (3rd, .803), runs (3rd, 68) and hits (4th, 134)… he finished second in the South Atlantic League in home runs and doubles, and third in RBI … opened his second season hitting just .229 (38-for-166) with a .280 obp and a .367 slugging percentage in his first 43 games before hitting .292/.346/.535 in his career. last 86 contests…fourteen of his 20 home runs on the season came in his last 45 games, during which he hit 15 doubles and slugged .632 with 43 RBIs…he closed out his tempo rada with a 19-game hitting streak, batting .361 (26-for-72) with 13 extras. base hits and 20 RBIs from 8/16 to 9/5… hit .315 (23-for-73) against left-handed pitchers, compared to a mark of .263 (111-for-422) against righties. He drove in eight runners in seven postseason games, and went 6-for-26 (.231) with four runs, two doubles, two home runs and three walks as Roma won the South Atlantic League championship… posted 36 multi-hit games, including eight three-hit attempts…they fell a triple short of the cycle on Aug. 11 at Hickory, going 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, a home run and three RBIs. Noted by Baseball America as Atlanta’s number one player. 8 prospect going into 2016, as well as the “best power hitter” in the system.
split his first pro season between the gcl braves and rookie-level danville after being selected by atlanta with the 41st overall pick in the 2015 freshman draft…was named the gcl player of the year danville braves for organization. after hitting .351 (39-for-111) with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 30 games with the club, and combined to hit .304 (66-for-217) with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs in 60 games between the two stops … led the gcl braves with seven home runs at the time of his move to danville, where he went on to lead danville with five home runs in 111 at-bats… outscored all atlanta pawns with an ops of . 933, while his 12 home runs on the season were tied for second in the system, despite playing in only 60 games … he also finished in the top 10 among prospects for the Braves in average (t6th, .304) … he opened his professional career batting .077 (2-for-26) with 12 strikeouts in his first eight games, before batting .335 (64-for-191) in his remaining 52 contests in the s season … he was named by baseball America as the “best pure hitter”, “best power hitter”, “best athlete” and for having the “best debut professional” among the brave of the 2015 draft… also named by the publication as the second best prospect in the Appalachian League, as well as the 10th best prospect in the Gulf Coast League at the end of the season.