Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows

LF,CF,RF - TB
Age: 24Bats: LThrows: L

Next Game

BOS @ TB
C. Sale #12
Tue, 7/23 7:10pm
Matchup (?)
Rank H #69
Projection (?) 3.3 pts

Ownership

 
Yahoo
78%
 
ESPN
89%

Eligibility

Yahoo LF,CF,RF
ESPN RF,DH,LF
CBS DH,RF

Finally given a featured role in Tampa Bay, Meadows has promptly reminded everyone of his past elite prospect pedigree. Nearly four months into the season, he has popped 15 long balls with nine steals -- often from the leadoff role -- despite a right thumb sprain interrupting the 24-year-old's breakout campaign. He cratered in June (.248 wOBA) after returning from the IL but has turned the corner (.371 wOBA) in July. He's still a dangerous five-category threat with a real shot of pursuing a 25/15 campaign.

This time last month, Meadows was all the rave and was considered a can't miss superstar. While he is still a nice asset, 25 homers, 15 steals and 70/80 runs and RBIs don't quite fit the description of a top 20 outfielder, let alone a top 5 guy.

Meadows was one of the biggest breakout hitters over the season's first two months, but he has slumped badly of late. Still, this is a player who could produce at close to a 20-20 pace in the second half, and his Statcast numbers largely back up his production to date, so further regression shouldn't be expected.