When the Houston Astros decided to trade Myles Straw to the Cleveland Indians, it was apparent that it was time for Jake Meyers to show what he could do at the big-league level. Once the Astros traded Straw, general manager James Click said during an interview that Meyers “forced the hand” of the Astros, which led to Meyers getting the call. So far, that hand that was forced has been pretty spectacular to watch.
Jake Meyers Proves He Belongs
Since getting called up on July 31st, Meyers has shown in just a short amount of time just how much of an impact he has in the lineup. When Kyle Tucker went on the injured list due to health and safety protocols on August 14th while the Astros were on the road facing the Los Angeles Angels, Meyers got the start in centerfield. It was a game to remember.
In that game against the Angels, Meyers managed to hit his very first major league home run, which jumped off the bat at a slow 102.2 mph. Meyers raced around the bases and ended up on third base before realizing it was a home run. Later on, in the same game, Meyers did it again; this time, the second home run of his young career was a grand slam. The night before, Tucker hit his first career grand slam since getting called up in 2019. Meyers did it in less than a week!
Since that night against the Angels, Meyers has a .313 batting average, with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 41 plate appearances this season in his young major league career. Before getting the call, Meyers was having similar success at the plate at Triple-A Sugar Land Skeeters. In 68-games with the Skeeters, he had a slash line of .343/.598/1.006 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs.
Although Meyers has only appeared in 15-games since getting called up, Meyers has shown that he belongs in this lineup on a nightly basis. He may not be quite there from a defensive perspective, but he has shown that offensively he can score runs when needed, something the Astros tend to struggle with from time to time in key situations. The future is bright for Meyers as he continues to develop at the major league level.
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