2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Austin Meadows
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
For long time supporters of Austin Meadows , the prospect, 2019 proved to be a coronation of his talent evidenced by his breakout. Meadows appeared in 138 games for Tampa Bay with 83 runs, 33 home runs, 89 RBI, 12 stolen bases and a robust .291/.364/.558 slash line. Although he profiled more as a potential 20 home run and 20 stolen base players, Meadows surged in power like many in the majors last year.
With a 9.1 walk percentage and 22.2 strikeout rate, Meadows did not sacrifice his approach, yet his isolated power spiked to .268 though it feels like his batting average on balls in play (BABIP) could yield some regression going forward. Beneath the numbers, Meadows owned an 8.9 swinging strike percentage with a 78.6 contact percent, 87.9 Z-Contact (in the strike zone) rate and 27.4 O-Swing (outside the strike zone) percentage. These numbers serve him well as the Rays leadoff hitter against right-handed pitching during which he slashed .307/.382/.572 in 54 contests last...