ST. PETERSBURG - Austin Meadows is doing things to get noticed, such as blasting a ball into the rare air of the 500 level at Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Friday.
Also, hitting .545 with four homers, 12 RBIs and a 1.812 OPS over a six-game stretch, which won him the American League Player of the Week award.
Meadows, 23, is the first Rays player to be so honored in nearly two years, since Steven Souza Jr. won April 23, 2017. The lefty swinging outfielder was acquired last July 31 from Pittsburgh with pitcher Tyler Glasnow and prospect Shane Baz in trade for Chris Archer.
Among Meadows’ qualifications over six games for the weekly award, per the MLB release:
* Hit .545 (12-for-22) with six runs scored, two doubles, four homer, 12 RBI, a steal, a .630 on-base percentage, a 1.182 slugging percentage.
* Led AL players over that stretch in RBI; was tied for first in hits; second in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and total bases (26); third in homers; and tied for seventh in runs.
* Had at least three hits, inlcuding a homer, in three straight games, including a two-homer game on Friday at Toronto.
* Became one of six Rays ever to collect at least three hits in three straight games, joining Steve Cox, Randy Winn, Evan Longoria, Logan Forsythe and curerent teammate Avisaíl García, who did so in the same three games,
* Logged at least one RBI in each of his six games over the week, the first Rays player to do so since Wilson Ramos in September 2017.
* His six home runs through the first 15 games of the season were tied with Carlos Peña (2009) for the most in franchise history.
Among other AL players under consideration for the award was teammate Blake Snell, who went 1-0, 0.75 in two starts, and Houston's Jose Altuve, who homered in five straight games.