The One Problem With Meadows' Demotion

It's not the demotion, it's the timing

The Fan Morning Show
July 16, 2018 - 11:43 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- After starting his Major League career with a bang, Austin Meadows was 7 for 30 in the month of July, good for only a .233 batting average. He was one for 13 in the series he started against the Dodgers in LA and saw his OPS drop from .966 to .810. 

Conversely, Gregory Polanco has raised his average to .235 after it sat at an even .200 on June 16th, Starling Marte has hit .380 in July with four HR's and 10 RBI's and Corey Dickerson's batting average hasn't dipped below .296 since April 20th. 

So, The Fan Morning Show with Colin Dunlap and Jim Colony had no problem with the actual demotion of Austin Meadows. He had three outfielders playing better than him and didn't deserve regular time in the starting lineup any longer. 

What they did have a problem with was the timing. Why did Meadows just sit on the bench for two weeks before he was finally sent down on Sunday? The AAA All-Star break was midway through last week so the timing wouldn't have made sense then, but Meadows could have easily gone down before that. 

Manager Clint Hurdle had mentioned that Meadows was sitting to work on his swing and get things back to where they were before he started to tail off at the Major League level. So why not do that against live pitching in AAA? 

Many have said that Meadows being sent down was because of a "Super 2" arbitration situation in which the Pirates didn't want Meadows to accrue enough Major League time and spend one of his abritration-eligible years on his contract. Colin said that if that were the case and the primary reasoning for his demotion, they would have sent him down two weeks ago so that he didn't spend Major League time sitting on the bench. 

Sometimes it's not a conspiracy. Sometimes a prospect is just getting outplayed by the players already established in the big leagues and should spend more time getting at-bats and improving in AAA. 

The future is still very bright for Meadows and the guys believe he will end up making an impact for the Pirates soon. 

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