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Austin Riley homers in MLB debut

St Louis Cardinals  v Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MAY 15: Austin Riley #27 of the Atlanta Braves warms up prior to making his MLB debut against the St. Louis Cardinals at SunTrust Park on May 15, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Braves prospect Austin Riley made his major league debut on Wednesday, starting in left field and batting sixth against the Cardinals. The 22-year-old struck out in his first at-bat in the second inning, but bounced back by crushing his first major league home run leading off the fourth inning against Michael Wacha, boosting the Braves’ lead to 2-0.

Statcast measured the blast at 438 feet and 109 MPH off the bat.

MLB Pipeline rated Riley the No. 4 prospect in the Braves’ system. With Triple-A Gwinnett, Riley hit .299/.377/.681 with 15 home runs and 39 RBI in 162 plate appearances.

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