Austin Meadows
Austin Meadows
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Tampa Bay Rays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018. Traded to the Rays in July of 2018.
Smashes game-winning homer
OFTampa Bay Rays
May 18, 2019
Meadows went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in the 11th inning of the Rays' 2-1 win over the Yankees on Saturday.
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Meadows's home run -- his ninth of the season -- off Luis Cessa provided the Rays with their margin of victory. The 24-year-old has been solid since he returned from a thumb injury May 10, going 8-for-24 with three homers. Meadows is now slashing .347/.423/.694 with four stolen bases.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
21
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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2
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .933 96 11 5 14 2 .307 .365 .568
Since 2017vs Right .884 211 23 10 26 7 .304 .360 .524
2019vs Left .965 25 3 1 6 1 .348 .400 .565
2019vs Right 1.134 91 12 8 17 3 .333 .429 .705
2018vs Left .921 71 8 4 8 1 .292 .352 .569
2018vs Right .707 120 11 2 9 4 .283 .308 .398
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+28%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .861 162 17 7 15 6 .309 .358 .503
Since 2017Away .942 145 17 8 25 3 .300 .366 .577
2019Home .966 58 8 4 9 2 .302 .362 .604
2019Away 1.233 58 7 5 14 2 .375 .483 .750
2018Home .804 104 9 3 6 4 .313 .356 .448
2018Away .763 87 10 3 11 1 .256 .287 .476
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
0.58
 
BB Rate
12.1%
 
K Rate
20.7%
 
BABIP
.368
 
ISO
.337
 
AVG
.337
 
OBP
.422
 
SLG
.673
 
OPS
1.096
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Swipes fourth bag
OFTampa Bay Rays
May 17, 2019
Meadows went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base Friday night against the Yankees.
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Gets night off
OFTampa Bay Rays
May 14, 2019
Meadows will head to the bench for Tuesday's game against Miami.
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Sole bright spot in loss
OFTampa Bay Rays
May 13, 2019
Meadows went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Yankees on Sunday.
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Pops homer in return
OFTampa Bay Rays
May 10, 2019
Meadows went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk Friday night against the Yankees.
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Activated from injured list
OFTampa Bay Rays
May 10, 2019
Meadows (thumb) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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