Scouting James Meador

In the 21st round of the 2010 MLB draft, the Tigers selected a player with a strong track record of success as a hitter in the University of San Diego’s James Meador.

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Meador’s best tool is his bat.  He is an excellent pure hitter who has hit at least .374 in three straight seasons at San Diego and had success with wooden bats during the summer of 2008 in the Cape Cod League.  San Diego associate head coach Jay Johnson describes Meador as a strong gap to gap hitter with some power.

Johnson says Meador is a great fastball hitter who can also punish mistake breaking balls.  Johnson also praises Meador’s advanced approach at the plate, saying he is a disciplined hitter with excellent pitch recognition.

Defensively, Johnson says Meador is a good right fielder with above-average arm strength.  The Tigers drafted him as a first baseman, so it will be interesting to see what position he ends up playing.

Meador is currently recovering from a fractured arm, but he should be ready to play in three or four weeks.  When he is healthy, Meador will probably suit up for the Connecticut Tigers.

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