Undrafted, Red Wings' Meadows works to prove scouts 0) were wrong
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Maybe someone will notice Scott Meadows now that the Rochester Red Wings outfielder has an eight-game hitting streak.
"I've had to go out every day and prove myself. I have to make myself a prospect," he said.
Meadows made All-Big Ten at Ohio State University where he hit .409 with 10 home runs in his senior year. But when he graduated in 1988, no one drafted Meadows.
L "I'm still trying to figure out how that happened," he said.
His self-confidence wouldn't allow Meadows to accept failure. While visiting relatives in Bluefield, W. Va., he asked Glenn Gulliver, the Bluefield Orioles manager, for a tryout. Informed of Meadows' credentials, Gulliver agreed. After the tryout, Gulliver signed Meadows.
The Orioles converted Meadows, a 6-footer who played the infield in college, to an outfielder. In Hagerstown last year, he batted .293 with 145 hits and 75 RBIs. He was promoted to the Wings on May 18 after batting .300 with Hagerstown in 33 games.
Meadows stretched his hitting streak to eight games last night andis batting .387 with 16 RBIs.
"I'm hitting well but this is all blown out of proportion right now with my average because I've only played in 19 games here," he said. "But I am coming up with guys on base and we're scoring runs."
Red Wings manager Greg Biagini said he likes Meadows' confidence and his aggressive play.
"He makes contact and he can hit in the clutch," Biagini said. "When you get to this level and hit like he does, you have to be considered a prospect."
Meadows, 24, has planned for the future. He has a master's degree in athletic administration from Ohio University. He said he would like to coach at the college level and work in college administration.
"But I want to take baseball as far as I can," Meadows said. "This is not my final destination. I want to prove I can hit with the best of them."
Meadows is not the only Red Wing on a hot streak. Outfielder Jack Voigt, who was called up from Hagerstown on May 22, and infielderShane Turner, whose hitting ignited the Red Wings' return to a winning record, have 12-game hitting streaks after each got hits in last night's game against the Bisons. Turner has hit safely in 20 of the last 22 games.
FTC Catcher Jeff Tackett, who hit only .239 in 108 games last year, has hit safely in 18 of the last 20 games, including a home run last night. Hisbatting average is .269 . . . Third baseman Craig Worthington started his rehabilitation assignment with the Wings last night with a double and a walk.
Baltimore native Mike Linskey has been sent down to Hagerstown after managing only one win and five losses in 10 games this season. The lefthander had an ERA of 7.24.
"He has a lot of work to do with his mechanics," said Dick Bosman Wings pitching coach. " He has to get his confidence back .He was pressing big time. But he took it very well. He took it as an opportunity to regroup"
The wings have added pitcher Chris Codiroli to th roster.Codiroli who has pitched for the Oakland A's and the Cleveland Indians was called up from Hagerstown
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Kip Yaughn produced the Keys' first nine-inning complete game of the season against Durham.
First baseman Mel Wearing went 8-for-15 over four games and, withoutfielder Dan Berthell, gave Frederick back-to-back home runs for the first time this year, against Winston-Salem.
Catcher Ed Horowitz's seven game hitting streak ended,leaving his overall average at .301...Berthell and infielder Randy Berlin were shipped from Hagerstown after pitcher Steve Culkar was released and outfielder Jason Alstead went on the disabled list with a bum shoulder.
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Back with the Suns after a 1-5 showing with Triple A Rochester, Mike Linskey gave up two runs in 7 2/3 innings in his first outing. The former Loyola High player won 17 games over parts of the 1989 and '90 seasons with Hagerstown.
Lefthander Arthur Rhodes worked 6 1/3 scoreless innings over two appearances after coming off the disabled list with a tender shoulder . . . Catcher Mike Lehman is the Suns' hottest hitter (10-for-26 in seven games); he had four of his five RBIs during that stretch in a 10-7 win at Albany.
Over a six-game stretch, the Suns batted .179 and were shut out two straight nights . . . Reliever Jeff Williams had a win and three saves in six outings.