Riley's bat is MLB ready

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
May 15, 2019 - 1:12 pm

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Multiple outlets reported Wednesday morning that the Atlanta Braves have called up third-base prospect Austin Riley.

The promotion comes as outfielder Ender Inciarte is expected to be placed on the injured list with back tightness.

"I understand it's because Ender is hurt, and you need depth in the outfield," Andy Bunker said. "If you're going to bring up a guy of that caliber who's been doing what he's been doing in Gwinnett, just tearing the cover off the baseball...let him come up here and see if he's still hot. I'm not using him as a pinch-hitter. I'm letting him get in the lineup and see if we can't capture some of that fire."

Riley has 39 RBI, 32 runs, 25 extra base hits and 98 total bases in only 37 games. That's pretty good.

"You got to find a way to get him in the lineup," Randy McMichael said. "I know it's a whole thing about 'he's only played four games in left field.' So? He's got to learn. His bat is major league ready."