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Tampa Bay Rays: 5 Bold Predictions for 2019

By Austin Reimann
Kevin Kiermaier (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 22: Austin Meadows #17 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts after striking out to end the top of the eighth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 22, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 22: Austin Meadows #17 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts after striking out to end the top of the eighth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 22, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Prediction: Meadows and Glasnow will have breakout campaigns

When the Rays traded Chris Archer to the Pittsburg Pirates, many couldn’t believe the return they got. Along with Shane Baz, the Pirates first round draft pick in 2017, the Rays also got former top prospects Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows.

Glasnow brought with him immediate returns amid some inconsistencies. Meadows was sent to Durham where he played everyday and shined. He had an unexpected power surge hitting 10 bombs in only 27 games. Shortly after, he would be promoted to Tampa Bay.

Meadows’ arrival brought with it a log jam in the outfield which was unexpectedly relieved due to a trade with the Mariners that sent Mallex Smith away. As a result, Meadows inherited a starting corner outfield position heading into the new year.

Now, both Glasnow and Meadows will play pivotal roles on a Rays team looking to reach the playoffs. This is just the opportunity that Meadows has been waiting patiently for and I expect him to thrive in a starting role. As for Glasnow, the veteran presence of Morton and another season working with pitching coach Kyle Bird can only bring about good things from the tall righty.

We can’t forget that Meadows has the tools to be a five tool player who was always looked at as somebody who could be a future all-star. Glasnow has a great fastball/curveball combination that could really blossom into something great alongside Morton and Snell. I expect big things out of both Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasnow in 2019 and beyond.

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