Tampa Bay Rays Austin Meadows after a game against the Orioles.
Jul 14, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows (17) high fives teammates after beating the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

One of the primary reasons the Tampa Bay Rays are contending for a playoff spot is the trade of Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates last year.

Said deal brought them three stud youngsters, including All-Star outfielder Austin Meadows.

Just ask Chicago White Sox outfielder Leury Garcia how good Meadows is. Garcia thought he had dropped in a hit during Saturday’s game.

Meadows had different ideas and put up one of the best diving catches you’ll ever see.

That really is some next-level stuff from Mr. Meadows right there. Meadows came completely out of nowhere to make that play. In fact, it sure looked like second baseman Joey Wendle had a better chance at it.

Meadows, 24, entered Saturday’s action hitting a robust .289 to go with 15 homers and 49 RBI on the season. He’s also apparently a magician in the outfield.

Vincent Frank
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