On August 25th against the Connecticut Tigers, not only did Boston Red Sox outfield prospect Mike Meyers have a great game collecting three hits in four at-bats, he had a unique game. The 20-year-old left fielder who is slashing .223/.258/.342 really got a boost in the slugging percentage department, but it did not come as a result of any home runs being hit. What Mike Meyers did has only occurred fifteen times in Major League Baseball since the start of WW2. He hit three triples in one game. Oddly enough, they came off the same pitcher and he did not accumulate any RBI’s.
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As a result of this game Meyers now has eight triples on the year in 49 games giving him the New York-Penn League lead as Detroit Tigers farmhand Steven Fuentes trails closely behind with six three-baggers on the year. In his career of 107 minor league games, Meyers has hit just nine triples in all meaning he only hit one in his previous two seasons playing for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.
The recent surge in triples should come as no surprise for those who know Meyers’ game well. Although he is not a major stolen base threat yet, he is quick and this quickness may translate to some stolen bases in the future. On the year he is five-for-seven in stolen base attempts for the Spinners which is up from three-for-six in GCL competition last season.
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Power is also a major contributor to triples, and Meyers has plenty of it — just not home run power. As a senior in high school, Meyers belted seven homers in 2012 but has not his a professional bomb since 2012. Still though, 34.15% of his hits have yielded extra bases this year showing his true power potential.
Whether some of those extra base hits ever translate to homers is up for debate and as for now, Meyers will continue to crush triples for the Spinners.