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.
Gets breather
OFTampa Bay Rays
June 13, 2019
Meadows is not in the lineup Thursday against the Angels, FOX Sports Sun reports.
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Meadows is hitless in 11 at-bats with a 2:5 BB:K over his last three games, so he'll take a seat on the bench for Thursday's series opener as he looks to clear his head. The outfielder was nursing a sore foot earlier in the week, though it didn't keep him from serving as designated hitter Wednesday. Avisail Garcia is covering right field and hitting leadoff in place of Meadows.
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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
37
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+36%
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 .846 135 13 6 21 2 .283 .326 .520
Since 2017vs Right .898 292 39 12 34 11 .310 .377 .521
2019vs Left .765 64 5 2 13 1 .274 .297 .468
2019vs Right 1.039 172 28 10 25 7 .331 .424 .615
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
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .836 230 28 9 26 8 .299 .352 .483
Since 2017Away .936 197 24 9 29 5 .305 .371 .565
2019Home .862 126 19 6 20 4 .287 .349 .513
2019Away 1.078 110 14 6 18 4 .347 .436 .642
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 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.
BB/K
0.42
 
BB Rate
9.7%
 
K Rate
23.3%
 
BABIP
.378
 
ISO
.257
 
AVG
.314
 
OBP
.390
 
SLG
.571
 
OPS
.961
 
wOBA
.411
 
Exit Velocity
91.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
47.7%
 
Barrels/PA
6.5%
 
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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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DHing Wednesday
OFTampa Bay Rays
June 12, 2019
Meadows (foot) will serve as the Rays' designated hitter and will bat third Wednesday against the Athletics, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
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Nursing sore foot
OFTampa Bay Rays
Foot
June 11, 2019
Meadows fouled a ball off his foot Tuesday versus Oakland and is dealing with some soreness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Gets rare breather
OFTampa Bay Rays
June 9, 2019
Meadows is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Records another multi-hit game
OFTampa Bay Rays
June 8, 2019
Meadows finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base during Saturday's 9-2 win over the Red Sox.
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Plates two from top of order
OFTampa Bay Rays
June 3, 2019
Meadows went 2-for-5 with a two-run single and a run in a loss to the Twins on Sunday.
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