How Old Is Austin Riley?
Austin Riley is 25 years old. He was born on April 2, 1997.
Austin Riley Atlanta Braves Career
Riley was called up to the Atlanta Braves on May 15, 2019, before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals. After Ender Inciarte was placed on the disabled list, Riley was promoted.
That night, he made his major league debut and blasted a home run off Michael Wacha in his second at-bat.
Riley hit his first career grand slam on May 29, 2019, in a 14-4 loss to the Nationals, giving him seven home runs in fourteen games and bringing his RBI total to twenty.
At the time, he had the second-most home runs in a career debut, following only Trevor Story with seven (Aristides Aquino has since passed them both with nine).
He blasted his eighth home run in 16 games on June 1, becoming only the fourth player in big league baseball history to do it.
He did so in the quickest time in Braves franchise history. Riley was named the National League Rookie of the Month for May 2019, despite appearing in only 15 games.
Austin was put on the 10-day IL on August 8, 2019, retroactive to August 5, for a right knee injury. Riley had a partial rupture in his lateral collateral ligament, which he injured while working out, it was subsequently found.
Riley began a rehab assignment with the Rome Braves on August 22 and was still rehabbing with the Gwinnett Stripers as of September 1.
Riley worked with minor league hitting coach Mike Brumley to recognize where an off-speed ball would land, and avoid swinging at the sliders that pitchers had used against him in previous years, after beginning the 2021 season in a hitting slump that saw him go 8-for-44 with no extra-base hits.
Riley was elevated to cleanup hitter after hitting in the bottom half of the lineup through late May, and he helped the Braves reclaim first place in the NL East.