Orioles RF Austin Hays gets first MLB hit

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 13: Baltimore Orioles Outfield Austin Hays (18) makes a catch during the MLB regular season game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles on September 13, 2017 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photograph by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire)
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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.

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.

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