Astros Minors Report: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not for AA Corpus Christi

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Who’s Not: Brandon Meredith

Jul 31, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; A detailed view of the baseballs before the game between the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers defeated the Giants 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Hooks OF Brandon Meredith was not having a great 2015 season at all, and was granted an unconditional release on July 12th. The right-handed hitting outfielder and first baseman was in the middle of his second season at Corpus Christi, but just couldn’t quite adjust at the AA level.

After hitting 16 home runs at High A Lancaster in 2013, the Astros decided to promote him to AA in 2014, and never saw the power numbers at the same level. Meredith was hitting .248 with 4 home runs and only 37 hits compared to 38 strikeouts when he was released.

These were obviously not great numbers, and the Hooks already had Brett Phillips, Jon Kemmer, and Teoscar Hernandez occupying the outfield spots. He could have played first base, but then AJ Reed was brought up.

With the stacked farm system that the Houston Astros have right now, sometimes it’s necessary to cut players with potential. That’s what happened with Meredith, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be successful with another organization if he gets the chance. A .248 batting average can definitely be improved upon, as Colin Moran probably knows better than anyone. 

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