Jonathan Meyer (photo by Tammy Tucker)

A Look at Jonathan Meyer


For Jonathan Meyer, 2014 could very well be a make or break season. Meyer was drafted in the third round in 2009  by the Astros, and he spent all of last season in AA in Corpus Christi.

hooksThe good thing for the third baseman, is that he will get a jump on his critical campaign by playing in the Arizona Fall League. Meyer is one of  the eight Astros prospects heading to Peoria this fall, although he is on the taxi squad. That means the third baseman will only be playing on Wednesdays and Saturdays barring an injury to another player.

This season was Meyer’s fourth professional season, and his first in AA. The 22-year old hit .260 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI’s. Prior to this year, Meyer spent the last two years in High-A Lancaster. In those two seasons, he hit .264/14 HR/72 RBI and .272/8 HR/57 RBI respectively.

In the past, Meyer has received accolades for is defense, but he has not stood out at the plate. He was drafted out of high school, but I’m not sure that two years at High-A Lancaster were in the cards for Meyer. So far his progression has been a little on the slow side.

Matt Dominguez grabbed the third base role this season, but it is still up for discussion how long he will retain it. This fall is the time for Meyer to take the next step to perhaps challenge Dominguez in a year or two. And if not, Carlos Correa and Rio Ruiz will be in Houston before we know it.

 

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  • 1oldpro

    I think you have made a good assessment. Hitting .260 in CC is at least as good as .272 at Lancaster, but Meyer fell off from the moment Duffy arrived in CC. I dont know why it happened but he was doing very well up until that point in the first week of August. He fell from .276 to 260 in the last three weeks of the season, even though Duffy played 1B and Meyer stayed at third.
    In July Meyer had 12 BB, 16 K’s and his line was .316-.411-.446
    In August he was 5 BB, 31 K’s and his line was .214-.250-.337
    “Something happened” as Phil Robertson would say.

    • Ray_Kuhn_28

      Thanks. That is a good point about the disparity in his performance this season. Maybe he can find some consistency in Arizona and going forward