The Baltimore Orioles announced Monday that Austin Hays will join the Frederick Keys on a rehab assignment starting Tuesday. The Florida native has been on the injured list and has not appeared in a regular season game this year.
Hays, 23, was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk in March following a strong showing in major league spring training. The outfielder slashed .351/.385/.892 with a 1.277 OPS in Grapefruit League play. In 12 games, he hit five home runs, one triple, three doubles and drove in 13 runs to go with 10 runs scored.
Limited to 75 games due to a right ankle injury in 2018, Hays batted .235/.266/.410 with 12 home runs, 46 RBIs, two triples and 14 doubles to go with 40 runs scored.
A member of the Keys in 2017, Hays enjoyed an incredible season that saw him advance from Frederick to Baltimore. In 64 games with the Keys, he slashed .328/.364/.592 with a .956 OPS.
Frederick’s game Monday against the Wilmington Blue Rocks was postponed due to wet field conditions. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m on Tuesday. Both games will be seven innings in length.