Meador waiting for phone to ring
Jacob Meador is very matter of fact about the upcoming 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
To the senior right-hander pitcher from Centennial, he’s in what he termed a “win-win situation.”
“If I get drafted and sign that’s a win,” Meador said Tuesday night. “But if I don’t get drafted high enough to skip TCU then I’ll go to TCU and have a blast there for three years.”
The draft opens at 7 p.m. Monday. The second round of the draft starts at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The draft can be seen on the MLB Network and will be streamed live on MLB.com.
Meador committed to TCU as a sophomore and signed a letter of intent to play with the Frogs while he was with Team USA getting ready for the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships in Panama.
Monday, he’ll be at orientation at TCU and will be keeping track of the draft on his phone.
“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and when Monday comes just see what happens,” Meador said.
Some teams have shown a lot of interest in the right-hander whose fastball sits consistently between 91 to 93 miles per hour. Meador can back his fastball up with a devastating curve ball.
The term “life-changing money” came up when asked what would keep him from attending TCU and playing for head coach Jim Schlossnagle and pitching coach Kirk Saarloos.
“I picked TCU because I really liked the campus and what the coaches were doing and what the program had going for it,” Meador said.
Meador posted some eye-popping numbers as a senior at Centennial. He went 9-2 with a 0.61 ERA over 80 innings while striking out 167 and walking 25. Meador allowed 24 hits and nine runs (seven earned).
At one point in the season he tossed 36 innings of shutout ball. Nine times this season, he hit double digit strikeouts including fanning 17 in a win over Mansfield Timberview.
It wasn’t until after his junior season that Meador had an inkling he might be a high draft pick.
That came after a good showing with Team USA in the summer and then his time with Team USA in Panama.
“I think it would be exciting to hear my name called and see my name go up on the board,” Meador said.