The Houston Astros are a well-rounded team with few flaws. The Centerfield position perhaps is the one area that needs attention, with the two players currently holding it down being Chas McCormick and Jose Siri. Outfielder Jake Meyers is the third man in the Centerfield position but has yet to appear on the season since suffering an injury during Game 4 of the ALDS last season.
Like his teammate Lance McCullers Jr, Jake Meyers could’ve been back earlier in the season. Still, due to the MLB lockdown, which denied players access to team trainers, both players entered the new season way behind schedule on their rehab. However, both have progressed and could return this summer.
Meyers was perhaps the better of the three rookie centerfielders that the Astros had last season, as his offensive production was much needed in some games. Here are his stats from his rookie year last season:
38 Hits, six home runs, 28 runs batted in (RBI), three stolen bases, .260 batting average, and an on-base percentage of .761.
Considering that Meyers only played in 49 games last season and put up those stats in his first year in the big leagues is impressive despite having split time in the outfield with Siri and McCormick, who also performed well.
While the Astros haven’t given an official timetable for Meyers’ return, with his rehab currently reaching the point in which he’s playing in games, his return could be sooner than we thought.
When Meyers comes back, the battle for the centerfield position will most definitely ramp up, and he, alongside Siri and McCormick, will have to prove why they deserve the spot.
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