AFL: Austin Meadows Collects Two Hits in Glendale Victory

On Friday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire were both in the starting lineup for Glendale, as they took on Peoria. Meadows was in right field and batting second, while McGuire was the DH, hitting eighth. Trevor Williams came out of the bullpen for his second appearance since being acquired by the Pirates. Glendale won 4-1 to move their record to 8-5 on the season.

In the first inning, Meadows singled on a 1-1 pitch, putting the first two runners on for Glendale. He came into the game with a .121 average, going 4-for-33 in his first eight games. Meadows scored in the first on a double, making it 2-0 at the time. In the second, Meadows batted again with a runner on, but two pitches into the at-bat, the runner was picked-off, leaving Meadows to lead-off the third inning. In that third inning at-bat, he flew out to left field on the third pitch. In the fifth, Meadows reached on an infield single. That gave him two hits in a game for the first time in the AFL. In the eighth, he flew out to right field for the first out.

In the second inning, McGuire flew out to center field on a 2-1 pitch for the first out. In the fourth, he lined out to center field on the fourth pitch he saw. McGuire batted again in the seventh with his team up 4-1 and flew out to left field on the first pitch of the at-bat. He finished the day 0-for-3 and now has a .250 average.

In the seventh inning, newly-acquired Trevor Williams came on to pitch. He retired the first batter on one pitch, getting a ground out to third base. The next batter flew out to left field four pitches later. Williams finished off the inning with a strikeout. He threw 11 pitches, seven for strikes. That was his only inning of work.

  • I wouldn’t read too much into Meadows and McGuire’s stats in the AFL. It’s more about getting them used to playing against advanced competition in a relatively stress free environment.

    • As long as you are willing to say the same thing about Meadows if he were tearing the AFL up I agree. Too small of a sample size, and he was sitting not seeing live pitching for awhile. I think Meadows will need at least full years at AA and AAA before he will be ready for MLB which indicates a mid 2018 arrival at the earliest.

      • Scott Kliesen
        October 31, 2015 7:09 pm

        Yes, you are probably right. Even if he progresses faster, there may not be a place for him. Unless of course the NL adopts the DH, which isn’t out of the question.