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Monday, April 15, 2019

Tampa Bay’s Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows are on a must-see tear

The Tampa Bay Rays are so fascinating at this point you could look up and down their roster and struggle to find a player who isn’t intriguing in some way, shape or form.

From the reigning Cy Young winner in Blake Snell to Jose Alvarado’s otherworldly fastball movement to Tommy Pham’s penchant for speaking his mind, the American League East leaders have no shortage of storylines. But you don’t just get off to an 12-4 start on narratives alone. That’s where the duo of outfielder Austin Meadows and starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow come in.

Once the top prospects in the Pirates’ pipeline, the 24-year-old Meadows and 25-year-old Glasnow are showing flashes of true stardom in Tampa Bay after being acquired in a deal that sent then-Rays’ ace Chris Archer to Pittsburgh at the 2018 trade deadline.


A reminder that it isn’t just eccentric pitcher usage that has made the Rays rise to the position they’re in today.

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: austin meadows, rays, tyler glasnow

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   1. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: April 15, 2019 at 01:28 PM (#5832039)
They genuinely have more exciting young players than they can get into the lineup on a daily basis.

Ji-Man Choi was an IFA out of South Korea in 2009 And a Rule V pick in 2015. He can hit!
Brandon Lowe signed that extension this offseason with 148 PAs under his belt. 3rd rounder in 2015. He's off to a good start.
Yandy Diaz came over for Bauers as some sort of epiphenomenon of the Santana/EE5 trade between the M's and Indians. He's off to a terrific start.
Willy Adames arrived in the Price trade at the 2014 deadline. Former IFA, Dominican. Great D, adequate bat last year, I don't know much about him.
The aforementioned Pham also hitting well.
Kiermaier, post-hype, got MVP votes in 2015 just for his CF defense, off to perhaps the best 15 game stretch of his career.
Meadows is covered in TFE.
Even Avi Garcia, who I think pretty much everyone has given up on, has had a great 50 ABs so far this season. Could be a useful piece. He's on a one-year deal.
Joey Wendle's been hurt so far but finished 4th in ROY voting last season after being completely off the radar, though he was apparently a first-round pick (of Oakland) in 2012.

They have Christian Arroyo - former Giants top prospect, 2013 first-rounder, and prize of the Longoria trade - sitting around doing pretty much nothing.

And that's without even getting into whatever they're doing with the pitching staff. This is a great and fun team!
   2. Davo (Love Won The Battle Of Stalingrad) Posted: April 15, 2019 at 01:51 PM (#5832053)
This has gotta be a world record on the shortest time it took for the Prospect side of a Prospects-for-Veteran trade to wind up with the best player....and Tampa might already have the TWO best players from it!
   3. PreservedFish Posted: April 15, 2019 at 01:56 PM (#5832056)
The Rays pulled that off years ago, when they traded Victor Zambrano for Scott Kazmir.
   4. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: April 15, 2019 at 02:50 PM (#5832083)
Meadows was Rookie of the Month last May, so he'd had some success even before the trade. I saw him a few times in Durham last year and he always hit the crap out of the ball.
   5. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 15, 2019 at 04:16 PM (#5832118)
The Rays have a tendancy to help players reach their ceiling. Very cool.
   6. DCA Posted: April 15, 2019 at 04:31 PM (#5832132)
Joey Wendle's been hurt so far but finished 4th in ROY voting last season after being completely off the radar, though he was apparently a first-round pick (of Oakland) in 2012.

Indians. A's got him for the corpse of Brandon Moss after 2014.
   7. DCA Posted: April 15, 2019 at 04:33 PM (#5832134)
This has gotta be a world record on the shortest time it took for the Prospect side of a Prospects-for-Veteran trade to wind up with the best player....and Tampa might already have the TWO best players from it!

To be fair, Archer has been quite good this year. It's far too early to put him behind Meadows/Glasnow.
   8. Davo (Love Won The Battle Of Stalingrad) Posted: April 15, 2019 at 04:38 PM (#5832135)
Since the trade on July 31st last year:


Tyler Glasnow: 4-5, 3.34 ERA (123 ERA+) in 73 innings, 3.82 FIP, 10.5 K/9, 2.7 BB/9. 1.4 bWAR.
Austin Meadows: .325/.400/.638 (183 OPS+) in 90 PAs, 7 homers, 3 steals. 1.1 bWAR.

Chris Archer: 4-3, 3.71 ERA (109 ERA+) in 70 innings, 3.81 FIP, 10.7 K/9, 3.2 BB/9. 1.3 bWAR.
   9. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: April 15, 2019 at 04:50 PM (#5832143)
This has gotta be a world record on the shortest time it took for the Prospect side of a Prospects-for-Veteran trade to wind up with the best player....and Tampa might already have the TWO best players from it!


Larry Anderson for Jeff Bagwell. Trade was made on Aug 30, 1990. Anderson was fine down the stretch for Boston, But in 1991, Bagwell won the ROTY and produced more WAR that one year than Anderson would post trade for the rest of his career.
   10. DCA Posted: April 15, 2019 at 04:55 PM (#5832148)
Davo-

In other words, Archer and Glasnow have had virtually identical performances, and Meadows has had a nice month. Not saying that Archer is still better. But it's far too early to say he isn't.
   11. Davo (Love Won The Battle Of Stalingrad) Posted: April 15, 2019 at 05:05 PM (#5832154)
Agreed (I’m not arguing). It’s just incredible to me how quickly and how well these kids have produced.
   12. Astroenteritis Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:41 PM (#5832222)
I distinctly remember watching the Astros-Rays series to open the year and thinking that Meadows looked like a player. The Rays look very solid.
   13. SoSH U at work Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:56 PM (#5832235)
Anderson was fine down the stretch for Boston

Andersen was fantastic for the Sox (1.08 ERA, 1.2 WAR). The problem was the absolute best they were ever going to get out of the trade was 22 innings of prime Larry Andersen, which has never been that valuable.
   14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 17, 2019 at 02:40 PM (#5832916)
To be fair, Archer has been quite good this year. It's far too early to put him behind Meadows/Glasnow.


Speaking as a Pittsburgher, I'd rather have Meadows and Glasnow.

The Pirates paid through the nose on the Kela deal, too. Hearn and Apostel are both very high-ceiling guys, and Hearn in particular could be ready for a rotation spot later this year.
   15. Brian Posted: April 17, 2019 at 03:00 PM (#5832928)
Watched Glasnow last night. The Orioles chipped away for single runs in the first and third innings . Then Glasnow settled in and retired the last 10 hitters he faced, pitching 7 innings. I know it's only the Orioles but still, he looked formidable. He didn't have his best stuff and still turned in a very good outing. TB is doing something right.

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