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.
The 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.