Called up in early September, Baltimore Orioles right fielder Austin Hays made his major league debut in a Sept. 7 game against the New York Yankees. After failing to get a hit in any of his first seven at-bats, Hays got the first hit of his major league career in the third inning of Saturday’s game against the Yankees.
Welcome to the big leagues, @TheAustinHaysss! ⚾️
Hit No. 1 is in the books. ✔️
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) September 16, 2017
Prior to being called up by the Orioles, Hays split time between the franchise’s Single-A advanced and Double-A affiliates. In 64 games for Double-A Bowie, Hays hit .330 with 16 home runs, 54 runs batted in and a .960 OPS.
In 128 total games at the minor league level in 2017, Hays, considered to be the second-best prospect in the Orioles organization by MLB Pipeline, hit .329 with 32 home runs, 95 runs batted in and a .958 OPS.