Coming on the scene late, Jake Meyers didn’t have much major-league experience before entering his first October filled with baseball. The Houston Astros‘ rookie found himself starting in center field against the Chicago White Sox, a team filled with raw talent looking for an upset.
The American League Division Series came, and Meyers made his name known in Game 1. The right-hander slashed an RBI-single to open a run parade early in the contest, while driving the South Side fans to the question: who is Jake Meyers?
While not a top prospect, it is understandable that opposing fans have no information on the former Nebraska Cornhusker, but the young gun made his name known.
Unfortunately, his postseason ended early, after colliding with the center field wall in Game 4 of the ALDS. Meyers exited with a shoulder injury, as his surgery this offseason will delay his return for the 2022 season.
But in the shadow of not playing October baseball again in 2021, the 25-year-old stayed on the taxi squad and remained a vibrant member in the dugout.
Jake Meyers’ postseason contributions were cut short for the Astros, but his favorite memory didn’t even involve him.
On the Astros Future Podcast earlier this month, Meyers spoke on his favorite postseason moments, which can be filled with career-changing experiences.
For a player that started his season off the 40-man roster, he was excited for the guys who got the chance to contribute from the alternate training site in April.
Meyers, as we know, got that chance later in the season, which was broken to him by Sugar Land Skeeters’ manager, Mickey Storey. The jump to the major leagues was life changing, but his favorite moment wasn’t something he contributed.
"“Honestly, my favorite moment was when Greinke got a pinch-hit hit,” Meyers chuckled."
While possibly one of the final hits from a pitcher not named Shohei Ohtani, Zack Greinke’s knock is a fan favorite. If the next Collective Bargaining Agreement includes a universal Designated Hitter, Greinke, who loves hitting more than the next pitcher, was the best name to made history.
Of course, this doesn’t exclude the possibility of a team pinch-hitting a pitcher in the future.
Meyers also highlighted that every domino fell at the right time in the postseason, but he hopes the Astros can bring home another World Series next Fall.
Meyers couldn’t speak too much in depth on his rehab, but the outfielder is feeling much better after his surgery. The team player is excited to contribute, once he is cleared to play again this spring.