Astros Future Player of the Week: Jacob Meyers
If I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It can be real tough work picking the Player of the Week when so many within the Astros organization cooperate. This was one of those weeks where four or five standouts could have taken home the hardware. It almost came down to a coin flip, but after serious consideration we made our choice. Jacob Meyers is this extended week’s Astros Future Player of the Week.
Meyers, 21, turned in a 11-for-28 (.393) week, with five runs, five doubles, two home runs, and seven RBI. He also swiped three bags, walked twice, and only stuck out three times. His performance helped the Quad Cities River Bandits to a 4-3 week, to put them within one game of the Midwest League’s Western Division. Meyers is currently riding a four-game hit streak and has recorded at least one hit in seven of his last eight. He has recorded multiple hits in four of those games as well.
The Houston Astros selected Meyers in the 13th round of the 2017 draft out of the University of Nebraska. He spent three seasons with the Cornhuskers as a pitcher. The Astros drafted him as an outfielder and that is where he has played so far in his professional career. He spent all of last season playing for the Tri-City ValleyCats hitting just .207 in 42 games. This season has been a different story as he is hovering just below .300 in 31 games. If the trend continues it looks like the Astros might have done it again by finding another quality player in the draft.
Congratulations to Jacob Meyers on being named Astros Future Player of the Week.
Like I said in the beginning it was down to the wire with several in contention for the award. The Fresno Grizzlies had several honorable mentions this week. J.D. Davis, who seems to always be in the conversation, went 14-for-33 (.424) with six runs, six doubles, and nine RBI. He’s hitting a blistering .417 in 29 games with Fresno and is just chomping at the bit to get back up to Houston. His teammate and former Player of the Week A.J. Reed did pretty well for himself this week too. He went 10-for-30, with five runs, two bombs, and eight driven in. Although Tony Kemp didn’t knock any out of the park, he still went 12-for-33, with seven runs, a double, and three triples. See how the decision was difficult?
After starting the week in Quad Cities and ending it in Buies Creek, J.J. Matijevic went a combined 10-for-30, with three runs, three doubles, a triple, and four RBI with both teams as he continues his ascent through the Astros organization.
Kit Scheetz of the Buies Creek Astros, turned in a nice week picking up two saves in 7.2 innings of relief. He gave up just four hits while striking out 13 in the appearances. Scheetz hasn’t given up an earned run since April 21st, and hopefully I didn’t jinx anything by saying that. Patrick Sandoval picked up a win this week in 11 innings of work, striking out 13 as well.
**Photo Credit: Richard Guill**