Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows

27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Detroit Tigers
10-Day IL
Injury Illness
Est. Return 5/26/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Meadows had a rather unusual season coming on the heels of his disappointing 2020 season, when he was recovering from a harsh case of COVID-19. Meadows had another terrible year with batting average despite resuming his career strikeout rate, yet still managed to drive in 106 runs even though he had one of the lowest averages ever in a 100-plus RBI season. His production with runners in scoring position was nearly identical to what he did in 2019, which speaks to the ability of his teammates to create traffic on the basepaths for him more than anything. His efforts to hit lefties over the past two seasons have been rather futile (.188/.261/.272), which is why a bat of his caliber still finds himself on the bench or pinch hit for against lefties in higher-leverage situations. Given he has no long-term deal, Meadows is now officially on trade watch and could even be moved before the season given his un-Rays-like skills profile. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#148
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Rays in March of 2022. Traded to the Tigers in April of 2022.
Officially heads to IL
OFDetroit Tigers
Illness
May 16, 2022
The Tigers placed Meadows (vertigo) on the 10-day injured list Monday.
ANALYSIS
Manager A.J. Hinch already noted after Sunday's win over the Orioles that Meadows and fellow outfielder Victor Reyes (quadriceps) were ticketed for the IL, but the Tigers waited a day to make the transactions official. Daz Cameron was called up from Triple-A Toledo to help restore some depth in the outfield, but the Tigers are likely to proceed with Robbie Grossman, Willi Castro and Derek Hill as their everyday outfielders while Meadows is sidelined.
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vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#7
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#9
17
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2
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+53%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+55%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+96%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .546 265 20 3 37 0 .197 .272 .275
Since 2020vs Right .835 594 87 28 93 6 .249 .338 .496
2022vs Left .633 35 3 0 6 0 .258 .343 .290
2022vs Right .742 81 6 0 5 0 .271 .370 .371
2021vs Left .563 189 16 3 25 0 .198 .270 .293
2021vs Right .871 402 63 24 81 4 .251 .336 .536
2020vs Left .391 41 1 0 6 0 .143 .220 .171
2020vs Right .768 111 18 4 7 2 .227 .324 .443
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .749 444 54 11 69 3 .245 .333 .416
Since 2020Away .741 415 53 20 61 3 .220 .301 .440
2022Home .755 77 9 0 8 0 .273 .377 .379
2022Away .619 39 0 0 3 0 .257 .333 .286
2021Home .785 289 38 10 52 2 .251 .339 .446
2021Away .760 302 41 17 54 2 .217 .291 .468
2020Home .612 78 7 1 9 1 .200 .269 .343
2020Away .728 74 12 3 4 1 .210 .324 .403
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Stat Review
How does Austin Meadows compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a batter in feet per second.
BB/K
0.86
 
BB Rate
10.3%
 
K Rate
12.1%
 
BABIP
.310
 
ISO
.079
 
AVG
.267
 
OBP
.362
 
SLG
.347
 
OPS
.709
 
wOBA
.323
 
Exit Velocity
81.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.4%
 
Barrels/PA
5.8%
 
Sprint Speed
23.8
 
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Meadows was placed on the injured list July 16 following a positive COVID test and did not debut until Aug. 4. In 36 games before his regular season was cut short by a left oblique strain, Meadows had a 32.9 K% and the quality connections were few and far between (7.1 Barrel%). His postseason was even worse; add the numbers together and you're left with a .185 BA and six homers over 183 total at-bats. He attempted steals in a total of two games and his sprint speed ranked in the bottom half of the league, dropping from 28.1 ft/sec in 2019 to 26.5 ft/sec. That decline and common sense tell us he was simply not right physically, and we're willing to give him a pass for his 2020 performance. That being said, it's clear in hindsight that he was overdrafted last spring given the Rays' indiscriminate platooning. Meadows is not a strict platoon player, but he will continue to sit against tough lefties to be sure.
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Meadows flying around on the hype train. Meadows is this season's chosen one, and for good reason. He checks all the boxes and will be just 24 years old in May. Last season, he increased his average exit velocity and hard-hit rate along with his barrel rate. He did fan more, but also exhibited more patience, upping his walk rate to a respectable 9.1%. Offensively, Meadows' only flaw is a poor stolen-base success rate, despite possessing 78th percentile sprint speed. A more concerning shortcoming is defense, as he rates well below average by most advanced metrics. This drawback could cost him late-game playing time if he's removed for a better defender. The talent is there for Meadows to be a top-30 fantasy player, but it's a risk with the playing time considerations. There's nothing wrong with targeting Meadows as a five-category contributor, just be wary of the helium.
Meadows had his playing time limited in two different ways in 2018. He was first part of a crowded Pittsburgh outfield situation that kept him from everyday work, and spent time on the car service between Pittsburgh and Altoona. He was included in the Chris Archer trade, but went straight to Triple-A to "get used to playing everyday again" (or, if we're being honest, service-time manipulation). He had 18 homers and 17 steals between Triple-A and the majors last year with a high average, including a .344/.396/.771 slash line at Durham before a late promotion in mid-September. Meadows appears in line to play regularly after the team traded Mallex Smith, but there are no guarantees of an everyday job, as the Rays have versatile players like Joey Wendle and Brandon Lowe who showed they can handle the outfield in 2018. Keep that in mind before you bank on 550 plate appearances.
While Meadows' on-field performance was troubling, the most concerning aspect of his 2017 campaign was the time missed with a hamstring issue. Recall that he missed time with the same type of injury back in 2014 and 2016, and now he is developing a track record for soft tissue injuries. His decline in power can be easily traced to ditching a pull-heavy approach. In 2016, he pulled 56.7 percent of his hits at Double-A and 42.1 percent of his hits at Triple-A. But last year he only pulled 34.6 percent of his hits, leading to an abysmal .109 ISO. Now we have an outfielder with 109 games under his belt at Triple-A and there are questions about his power, due to his approach; his speed, due to his recurring hamstring injuries; and it's not like he has been hitting around .300 this whole time. He won't turn 23 until May, so there is still time for everything to work out, but for a prospect so close to the majors, there is an awful lot of risk and a debatable amount of upside.
The Pirates rewarded Meadows with a midseason promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis following his hot start at Double-A Altoona. A broken orbital bone initially pushed his season debut back a few weeks, but Meadows found his game in late May and went on a 26-game hitting streak (.408/.441/.864). The left-handed hitter's splits against lefties (.260/.333/.494) and righties (.268/.333/.550) are encouraging. He totaled only 212 plate appearances in Altoona prior to his promotion, ascending quickly through a typically conservative Pittsburgh organization. After compiling a .976 OPS with the Curve, the 21-year-old found the going a bit rougher in Indianapolis. Meadows hit only .214/.290/.460 in 126 at-bats, though he gained valuable experience against older competition. A late-season oblique strain dashed any hopes of a September promotion or trip to the Arizona Fall League. While the outfield in Pittsburgh is set, injuries (or an Andrew McCutchen trade?) have a way of changing circumstances. Meadows will likely start 2017 in Triple-A, but he could make his debut mid-summer as the Pirates attempt to keep him from reaching Super Two status.
Meadows was nearly five years younger than the average Double-A player when he hit a walk-off homer for Altoona in the playoffs. A 2013 first-round pick, the outfielder stayed healthy for the first time in three pro seasons and the results were highly encouraging. Meadows slashed .310/.360/.420 with seven homers and 21 steals as a 20-year-old playing primarily at High-A. He’s yet to flash the home run power predicted by many, but he’ll lace them up again for Altoona in 2016. Pittsburgh already starts three studs in the outfield but another year or two like 2015 will give Meadows an edge to make some noise at PNC Park as soon as 2017.
The ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Meadows got off to a late start in 2014. After suffering a hamstring injury early in spring training, the outfielder didn't make his season debut until June 30th. He did little to jeopardize his elite prospect status, though, hitting .322/.388/.486 in 165 plate appearances with Low-A West Virginia. Meadows put up a 1.065 OPS against right-handers but struggled against lefties (.466). While he has plenty of work to do with same-sided pitching, he's still just 20 years of age and posted a .784 OPS vs. southpaws in rookie ball in 2013. Meadows will continue to learn the pro game for the next couple years. At that point, he could push the trio of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.
The Pirates were surprised to find Meadows still available after the top eight picks in the 2013 draft and gladly selected him ninth overall. Pittsburgh only had the opportunity to select the left-handed high schooler because of its failure to ink pitcher Mark Appel a year before. Meadows hit a combined .316/.424/.554 in the Gulf Coast League, displaying decent plate discipline (29:46 BB:K ratio). Just 18 years of age, he'll likely start 2014 with Low-A West Virginia. Meadows immediately becomes one of Pittsburgh's top hitting prospects. Armed with a good eye, he's a candidate to hit for a high average with some power for years to come.
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Moving to injured list
OFDetroit Tigers
Illness
May 15, 2022
Meadows is being placed on the 10-day injured list after he experienced dizziness, light-headedness and nausea during Sunday's game against the Orioles, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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Exits early Sunday
OFDetroit Tigers
Illness
May 15, 2022
Meadows (illness) was removed from Sunday's game against the Orioles after the first inning, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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Back Sunday as expected
OFDetroit Tigers
May 15, 2022
Meadows (illness) is starting in right field and hitting third Sunday against the Orioles.
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Set to return Sunday
OFDetroit Tigers
Illness
May 14, 2022
Meadows (illness) will be back in the lineup for Sunday's game against Baltimore, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Remains out of lineup
OFDetroit Tigers
Illness
May 14, 2022
Meadows (illness) isn't starting Saturday against the Orioles.
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