Austin Meadows Tampa Bay Rays

Age: 24 (May 3, 1995) | 6' 3" | 210lbs. | Bats: Left OF-47 LF-13 CF-15 RF-20 DH-2 PH-14
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
PIT A+ 2015 121 508 72 156 41 79 22 4 7 54 20 7 .307 .357 .407 7 14 .351 n/a
PIT AA 2015 6 25 5 9 2 5 2 3 0 1 1 0 .360 .429 .680 7 18 .450 n/a
PIT AFL 2015 16 65 7 11 2 12 2 2 1 11 3 0 .169 .194 .308 3 18 .192 n/a
PIT A- 2016 5 15 0 3 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .294 .333 12 6 .214 n/a
PIT AA 2016 45 167 33 52 16 32 16 8 6 23 9 3 .311 .365 .611 8 17 .343 n/a
PIT AAA 2016 37 126 16 27 15 34 7 3 6 24 8 2 .214 .297 .460 10 23 .236 n/a
PIT A- 2017 5 21 2 5 3 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 .238 .333 .286 13 13 .278 n/a
PIT AAA 2017 72 284 48 71 24 50 19 0 4 36 11 3 .250 .311 .359 8 16 .289 n/a
- AAA 2018 69 261 46 79 17 37 24 0 12 43 12 2 .303 .348 .533 6 13 .313 n/a
TAM AL 2018 10 24 3 6 2 5 1 0 1 4 1 0 .250 .308 .417 8 19 .278 42/21/37 1 1
PIT NL 2018 49 154 16 45 8 35 8 2 5 13 4 1 .292 .327 .468 5 21 .345 41/21/37 7 7
TAM AL 2019 105 402 53 111 38 108 20 7 21 62 9 5 .276 .346 .517 9 24 .330 34/23/43 21 19
Career 2yrs 164 580 72 162 48 148 29 9 27 79 14 6 .279 .340 .500 8 23 .332 n/a
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He cost us $21 (4x4, 12-team, AL only), and my partner was in agony.  But I didn't see any upside on the rest of the outfielders at that point.

Mike Dean TMU2009

I'd picked him up in our first Ultra round last year ... and the Pirates made what in retrospect was an absolutely boneheaded deal sending him and Glasnow for Archer.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jun 5

By the way, guess who the first overall pick was in 2013?

Mark Appel.

Houston Astros, back when they were fallible.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 4

People with decent memories probably remember how he became a Pirate six years ago. I sure didn't. Zack Crizer at BP, writing about the WARP leaders at each position right now.

Designated hitter: Austin Meadows, Rays

Pittsburgh drafted Meadows with the compensatory pick it received for failing to sign Mark Appel in 2012, leading to the debate: Meadows or Appel? The Georgia native is no stranger to draft-related spats: Scouts spent the spring weighing his merits against those of fellow draftee Clint Frazier.” — 2014 BP Annual

After injuries brought on a chronic case of prospect fatigue, Meadows has found a fresh start with the Rays. He’s doing his best Yelich impression, trading a little contact for power and exploding into an offensive force. Sustaining it is the difficult part, of course, and he’s already missed time with an injury (of course, part two), but the way he’s striking the ball has him trending toward the top of that draft class at last.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 4

Batting third, Meadows drove in four as the Rays stomped the mighty Twins 14-3 in the Trop in front of an cheering crowd of... 8,000.

I mean, I don't think too many of those at the game had come from Minnesota, but you never know.

Actually, attendance at Twins' games hasn't been great either. Better than Rays' games, but everyone's is.

Except the Marlins'.

On Wednesday, the Rays and Marlins drew 12,653 -- combined.

Stadium lows this year have been set in Tampa, Minnesota, Baltimore and Cincinnati. Kansas City had its smallest home crowd since 2011 and Toronto and San Francisco since since 2010. The Marlins' average attendance is less than Class AAA Las Vegas.

Thanks to the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Cubs and the Dodgers, the overall attendance through Wednesday is 26,854, reasonably close to the 27,242 through the similar point last season, which ended up averaging under 30,000 for the first time since 2003.

Tampa Bay is a lost cause. The Rays might not sell out the seventh game of the World Series unless the opponent was the Mets.

The fact that fans in Minnesota still haven't warmed to the Twins as we move into June should cause deep concern.

Alex Patton Alex
May 31

Never bet against the Rays. That's what I'm seeing so far.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 17

Your lips to God's ear, Eugene.    Steals were hard to come by, if he gives us 15-20 . . . that would help a lot.  

Mike Dean TMU2009
Apr 17

I projected him to be worth $15 in 400 AB 5x5.  Obviously it looks like he'll get a lot more now.  If he gets 600, that jumps to $22.50.  I don't have an easy conversion to 4x4, but it would be higher.  In those 400 AB, I gave him a .252 Avg, 50Runs 14HR 52RBI and 13SB.  Add 50% more to get him to 600 AB.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 17

I'm putting this here because Meadows was one our big bets for 2019.  I need something akin to Rotoman's projection.

Our keepers were not good.  We wound up spending all $260, and if you apply AP's 4x4 bids, we only bought $256 in bid value.  I'm not that worked up, given that we had little value in our keepers, and I know that the recommended bids are bets.

But if you use Rotoman's 2019 projected valuations, we bought $315 in value.  We have good balance, too; no obvious horrifying needs from the jump.  I'm reasonably sure that with good health we'll be upper half, and then we'll see how it goes.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Apr 17

Fangraphs: WAR 0.2 Bat 2 Field -7 Run 1 HR/FB 12% Pull 39% Hard 37%

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '18