When it comes to the 2022 All-Star Game, the Baltimore Orioles should without a doubt have another outfielder starting for the second year in a row!
Contract, power, speed, defense, and knowledge of the game. Austin Hays is a bonified 5-tool player, and the Baltimore Orioles outfielder needs to be a starter in July to the AL All-Star team. Hays’ currently hitting .295/.360/.465/.825 through the second week of June, and only getting hotter.
As it stands, 10-days into June, Austin Hays sitting 7th w/OPS, 8th w/SLG, 4th w/AVG, 4th w/hits when it comes to AL outfielders. The problem with Hays, like the rest of the Baltimore Orioles, is that they are overlooked; a lot.
Hays is becoming a household name for the rest of the league, something that he has been for a while in Charm City, but will it be enough to get him the call to start in an All-Star game? With names like Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, George Springer, and Andrew Benintendi all vying for the same spot, things will get crowded soon.
Baltimore Orioles: Austin Hays should without a doubt be an All-Star starter
Beside the offensive side of things, THE DUDE is also a force in the outfield. He has played game in right, left, and center this season and has yet to force an error. With his 96 putouts and four assists from leftfield, you can say that he has mastered that art full-circle. According to Statcast, there is an 85% case that you will be out if you hit the ball towards Austin Hays.
Hays’ old-school meets new-school persona adds to the love that he receives, easily making him a fan favorite. If the combination of Need It by Migos and rubbing dirt on his hands before stepping into the box doesn’t excite you, then you don’t have a pulse.
If the rest of the baseball world hasn’t woken up to Austin Hays yet, they need to, and the rest of Baltimore Orioles Nation needs to help. Do your part and go vote him in because Austin Hays should undoubtedly be an AL All-Star starter this season in LA.