Austin Meadows
Austin Meadows (cropped).jpg
Meadows with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2019
Detroit Tigers – No. 17
Born: (1995-05-03) May 3, 1995 (age 26)
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 18, 2018, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
(through April 24, 2022)
Batting average.262
Home runs70
Runs batted in234
Career highlights and awards

Austin Wade Meadows (born May 3, 1995) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in MLB for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays.

Early life and amateur career

Meadows grew up in Grayson, Georgia, where he competed in baseball with Clint Frazier.[1] He attended Grayson High School, and led the school's baseball team to the Georgia Class 6A State semi-finals as a junior, hitting .390 with four home runs, 28 runs batted in (RBIs), and 19 stolen bases.[2] Meadows was named a preseason First-Team High School All American by Rawlings and Perfect Game,[3] and he hit .535 with 14 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 28 RBIs in his senior season.[2]

Meadows also played football as a running back, wide receiver, and punter at Grayson where he was a teammate of Wayne Gallman and Robert Nkemdiche.[4]

Professional career

Pittsburgh Pirates

Meadows was considered one of the top prospects eligible for the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.[5][6] He was ultimately selected in the first round, with the ninth overall selection, by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Meadows was committed to attend Clemson University to play college baseball for the Clemson Tigers, but chose to forgo that commitment by signing with the Pirates, receiving a $3,029,600 signing bonus three weeks after the draft.[7]

After signing with the Pirates, Meadows played for the Gulf Coast Pirates of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and the Jamestown Jammers of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League in 2013,[8] compiling a combined .316 batting average with seven home runs and 22 RBIs in 48 games between both teams. He played for the West Virginia Power of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2014, but missed a significant portion of the season due to a hamstring injury,[9] playing only 38 games, batting .322/.388/.486 with three home runs and 15 RBIs. He played for the Bradenton Marauders of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League (FSL) in 2015, and was named an FSL All-Star.[10] He spent the final week of the season with the Altoona Curve of the Class AA Eastern League.[11] In 121 games for Bradenton he slashed .307/.357/.407 with seven home runs and 54 RBIs, and in six games for Altoona he batted 360. After the regular season, he played for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League.[12]

Meadows suffered a broken orbital bone in his right eye during spring training in 2016.[11] He returned to Altoona and earned a promotion to the Indianapolis Indians of the Class AAA International League in June.[13] In 45 games for Altoona he batted .311 with six home runs and 23 RBIs in 45 games, and in 37 games for Indianapolis, he compiled a .214 batting average with six home runs and 34 RBIs. The Pirates invited Meadows to spring training in 2017.[14] Meadows returned to Indianapolis for the 2017 season,[15] where he posted a .250 batting average with four home runs and 36 RBIs in 72 games.[16] He missed nearly two months of the season due to hamstring and oblique strains. The Pirates added him to their 40-man roster after the 2017 season.[17]

Meadows with the Pirates in 2018
Meadows with the Pirates in 2018 ranked Meadows as Pittsburgh's second best prospect going into the 2018 season.[18] He began the season with Indianapolis and was promoted to the major leagues to make his debut on May 18.[19] He recorded his first major league hit off of Tyson Ross, as well as his first stolen base, that same night. On May 20, 2018, he hit his first major league home run off of Jordan Lyles.[20] Meadows was named the National League Rookie of the Month for the month of May after batting .409 with four home runs, seven RBIs, three doubles, and three stolen bases in 13 games during the month.[21]

Tampa Bay Rays

On July 31, 2018, Meadows was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, along with Tyler Glasnow and a player to be named later, later revealed to be Shane Baz, for Chris Archer and was optioned to Triple-A Durham.[22] Meadows was promoted to the Tampa Bay Rays on September 19. In ten games with the Rays, hit .250/.308/.417 with a home run and four runs batted in.[23] Meadows ended the season slashing .287/.325/.461 with six home runs and 17 runs batted in over 59 games.

In 2019, Meadows made his first All-star game. He ended the 2019 season with career highs offensively. He led the team in average (.291), home runs (33), runs (83) and 89 runs batted in in 138 games.[23]

On July 16, 2020, Meadows was placed on the injured list after he tested positive for COVID-19, which caused him to miss the beginning of the abbreviated 2020 season. After recovering from the illness, he returned to the Rays on August 4.[24][25] During the season, Meadows hit .205/.296/.371 in 36 games.

In 2021 he had the lowest ground ball/fly ball ratio in the major leagues, at 0.54, and the lowest ground ball percentage, at 28.7%.[26] He finished the 2021 season with a .234 batting average, with 27 home runs and 107 RBIs.

Detroit Tigers

On April 4, 2022, Meadows was traded to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Isaac Paredes and a competitive balance round B pick in the 2022 MLB draft.[27]

Personal life

Meadows' mother, Staci, played softball for Georgia Southern University and Georgia State University, and works as an elementary school teacher in Grayson. His father, Kenny, played baseball and football for Morehead State University. His brother, Parker, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the second round of the 2018 MLB draft and currently plays in their organization. Meadows married his wife, Alexis, in December 2018. Meadows is a Christian.[28]

Meadows grew up an Atlanta Braves fan.[29]


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