Houston Astros: Trend – Who’s Hot, Who’s Not (Vol 7)
Carlos Correa was in a considerable slump at the end of July and throughout the early part of August but now is completely locked in. he’s hitting .347 (15-44) with a 1.021 OPS and a 9/5 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
He is slamming fastballs (BA .333, 93 MPH Exit Velocity in August) and has shown huge year-over-year improvement against breaking balls and off-speed pitches. Carlos is becoming more elite at the plate, muster the chagrin of the rest of the Astro opponents.
Yes, we know – Carlos came out and said this will be his last year with the Houston Astros. I think there’s a decent chance Houston re-signs him, but let’s not worry about what could happen in December. Let’s enjoy what he’s doing right now, which is willing the Houston Astros, at the plate and on the field, to another deep postseason run.
I must admit – until maybe July, I had no idea who Jake Meyers even was and what he did in the Astros organization. I heard how well he’d been playing in Triple-A, but never once thought he would be so good that James Click would feel comfortable trading away Myles Straw for him. But frankly he has been amazing since the call up.
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Meyers is hitting .327 over the last 15 games with 1 HR, 10 RBIs for an OPS of .802. And this isn’t a case of Meyers having a “hot week” – since his callup with the Astros he’s hitting .316 with a .838 OPS, three home runs ,16 RBI and a handful of very timely late-inning hits.
It’s amazing that in the same year where Jared Kelenic (the Mariners CF and highly-touted top five MLB prospect) has severely struggled adjusting at the plate in the majors, someone like Jake Myers (a 13th round pick that had no buzz) can get a mid-season callup and immediately start raking without even blinking an eye.
Meyers has primarily been batting eighth in the lineup, which is a huge luxury for the Houston Astros considering the level of production he’s giving them. Let’s hope he can continue this rate of raking throughout September and leading into the playoffs.
Houston might’ve struck gold with this guy.