Parker Meadows has a chance for a big year with the Detroit Tigers.
The long-term with Parker Meadows is interesting. As the Detroit Tigers prepare for Spring Training and get underway, they are likely looking to get a better grasp on their outfield situation. One of the players they will be relying on aplenty in 2024 is, indeed, Parker Meadows.
While his brother, Austin Meadows, is no longer with the Detroit Tigers organization, Parker made his big-league debut in 2023 and looks like he will become a mainstay with this organization's outfield grouping. Meadows has a chance to solidify an outfield role and graduate from the prospect status that he still currently holds.
Detroit will give him the chance to do so, and Meadows has already proved that he can do it, but a loud performance this spring will only bode well for him. The former Georgia prep standout has taken some time to get to the big leagues, but he's got a chance to become a fixture in the Tigers outfield.
For Tigers fans who will tune into spring ball, keep an eye out on Meadows. The left-handed hitter and outfielder will likely get looks this spring as he gets loose and is ready to be in game shape for the 2024 season. He's a sure bet to make the big-league roster, at least in my mind, and will slot in as the centerfielder on Opening Day, potentially sliding Riley Greene to right field as he looks to prove he has fully recovered, though Greene could DH a bit.
In his debut with the Tigers, Meadows played in center for Detroit. With his speed and agility, he could quickly become the team's everyday option, giving Green a chance to protect his body, knowing full well he's still going to be flying around the grass in right field.
Meadows played in 37 games with the Tigers during the 2023 season after making his debut. He slashed .232/.331/.368 with nine extra-base hits, 13 RBI, and 17 walks with 37 punchouts. This all came over 145 plate appearances. It was a nice welcome to the big leagues as he started to get his feet wet and figure out what it would take to be a big-league centerfielder.
I'd expect a lot from Meadows in 2024. Even if the numbers may not jump off the page from you in a year, I'd expect 2024 to be a big year for Meadows to find his role in the big leagues. This all starts with a big spring performance. Not that he has to come out and hit everything, but he needs to come out and look the part.
If Meadows can come out and get going early on his '24 campaign, it will be big for the Detroit Tigers 2024 season and provide them with their everyday centerfielder for the 2024 season.