Expected to have a short call up, Jack Mayfield proved that he has staying power with the Houston Astros at the major league level.
The injury bug has been biting the Houston Astros pretty hard. Because of this, the team made a bit of a shocking move by recalling Jack Mayfield to the major league roster. This comes after Aledmys Diaz went down Sunday due to a hamstring strain,
Ironically, this is the same injury that will sideline George Springer for at least a couple of weeks. Jose Altuve has completed his rehab start and is expected back to face the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, the finale of the team’s 10-game homestand.
Despite all of this, it was Mayfield who has already made an early statement for Houston Astros faithful.
In his major league debut on Memorial Day against the Cubs, Mayfield went 1-for-4 with a double, fielder’s choice RBI, a ground out and a fly ball to the warning track. Additionally, he made some pretty sharp defensive plays, with a little help from Yuli Gurriel and Tyler White, both of whom were at the corners.
At 28-years-young, Mayfield is no stranger to this game. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013, the utility infielder has had plenty of offensive ups and downs throughout the minor league system. Defensively, however, he has kept a fairly consistent fielding percentage in the upper .900’s across seven seasons.
Baseball Reference indicates that Mayfield is more contact than power, although still possess
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enough of it. His on-base numbers show a more consistency towards setting the table up for hitters behind him in the lineup. A skill that the Houston Astros are always constantly looking for, to keep the line moving.
Mayfield certainly did that on Memorial Day. And while we might not get to have that much of a look this week, we will most certainly be seeing him during the September call ups, without a shadow of a doubt.
Jack had been hitting a ton with Triple-A Round Rock. He was batting .283/.362./.572 along with 10 homers and 31 RBIs through 152 at-bats in 40 games with the Express before getting called up to the big leagues.
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