Riley finished 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Wednesday's 9-2 victory over the Giants. Riley smacked a two-out, three-run shot off reliever Derek Holland in the seventh inning to boost the Braves' lead to 9-2. It was Riley's fourth long ball in eight games since getting called up last week. The 22-year-old has spent time both at third base and in the outfield while slashing at a ridiculous .367/.406/.800. With his hot bat and versatile glove, the Braves should continue to find him a spot in the lineup.
Riley went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Monday's 4-1 victory over the Giants. The rookie slugger has been stellar in his first week at the MLB level; he's knocked three homers with a .409 average in 22 at-bats. It looks like Riley is going to force the Braves to keep him in the lineup, even when Ender Inciarte (back) returns. He should be owned in all standard leagues at this point.
Riley went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in a 4-3 victory over the Brewers on Saturday. The magical start to Riley's MLB career continued Saturday night. He singled in the second inning and then the Braves took the lead on his homer during the sixth. It's still a small sample size, but Riley is 8-for-15 (.533) with three extra-base hits -- including two home runs -- to begin his MLB career.
Riley went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Thursday's rout of the Cardinals. After homering in his big-league debut Wednesday, Riley followed up with another impressive performance. The 22-year-old figures to get regular at-bats in left field at least until Ender Inciarte (back) is healthy, but if Riley keeps raking it'll be tough for Atlanta to justify sending him back down to Triple-A.
Riley had his contract selected from Triple-A Gwinnett prior to Wednesday's game against the Cardinals. According to David O'Brien of The Athletic, Riley is starting in left field and hitting sixth. Ender Inciarte was sent to the injured list while Jesse Biddle was designated for assignment in a pair of corresponding moves, clearing the way for Riley to join the Braves ahead of his big-league debut. The well-regarded prospect hit .299/.377/.681 with 15 homers and 39 RBI in 37 games for Gwinnett before earning a promotion; if he carries his success to the majors, it's possible Riley sticks in a full-time role the rest of the season at the expense of Inciarte.
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