Five Cold Predictions for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2019

By Rylan Stiles
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FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – MARCH 05: Kevin Kiermaier #39 of the Tampa Bay Rays fails to make a catch as Austin Meadows #17 fields the ball in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins during the Grapefruit League spring training game at Hammond Stadium on March 05, 2019 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Fans, including myself, love Austin Meadows, but what if he does not figure it out at the big league level?

This cold take is worrisome for sure. Everyone wants to see the 23 year old stud outfielder who was a coveted prospect in the Pirates organization, figure it out. But it is not all that bad if he does not.

A year ago in Tampa Bay, Meadows slashed for a .230/.308/.417 line with a home run and four RBI’s.

He finished his first cup of coffee in the Big Leagues with six home runs, a .287 batting average, 17 RBI’s, and a .325 on base percentage. Those are by no means bad numbers, but he has even more potential.

Let’s say the wildly young and potential-filled outfielder fails in the early going or looks lost at the dish, the Tampa Bay Rays are not completely lost if that is the case.

The Tampa Bay Rays signed Avisail Garcia this offseason, signing him away from the Chicago White Sox.

Garcia is an above average big league ballplayer and will be able to calm the waters in the outfield that is trying to foster a young gun like Meadows.

This move did not get the hat tip it deserves, as it keeps the Rays in win-now mode if Meadow fails, and take the pressure off of the 23 year old.

Austin Meadows does not need to press, they have someone who can give him days, or extended time off if he is struggling. Not to mention a seven year Major League veteran who can teach the kid a thing or two.

Confidence level that Meadows will not figure it out: 4.5/10. I really believe in Meadows this season.