15 Facts About Austin Riley


Austin Riley made his minor league debut in 2015 with the Gulf Coast Braves and would spend the next several seasons in the Braves farm system.

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Austin Riley attended DeSoto Central High School, where he played baseball as a shortstop and pitcher.

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Austin Riley played American football as a quarterback during his freshman and sophomore years in high school.

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Austin Riley was committed to play for the Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball team until he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2015.

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Austin Riley was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round, with the 41st overall selection, in the 2015 MLB draft out of DeSoto Central High School in Southaven, Mississippi.

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Austin Riley made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Braves that season.

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Austin Riley was assigned to the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League at the end of the minor league regular season.

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Austin Riley was ranked among the top prospects in the minor leagues prior to the season.

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Austin Riley was promoted after Ender Inciarte was placed on the injured list.

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Austin Riley made his major league debut that night and, in his second at bat, hit a home run off Michael Wacha.

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Austin Riley was the fastest player in Braves franchise history to do so.

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Austin Riley earned the NL Rookie of the Month Award for May 2019, despite only playing in 15 games.

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In Game 6, Austin Riley had 2 hits and 1 RBI to help the Braves close out the series.

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Austin Riley was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time during the 2022 season.

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Austin Riley later won the NL Player of the Month award for July 2022, the first such award in his career.

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