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January 7, 1964 |
Montclair, New Jersey
|April 13, 1987, for the Houston Astros|
|Earned run average||4.48|
David Donald Meads (born January 7, 1964) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. After attending college and spending time in minor league baseball, he played in two seasons for the Houston Astros.
Meads played baseball at Middlesex County College and was scouted by Clary Anderson. He was drafted by Houston in the sixth round of the 1984 amateur draft. Meads started at the lowest tier with the GCL Astros of the Gulf Coast League in 1984 at age 20 before being promoted to low A ball with the Auburn Astros of the New York - Penn League. In 1986 he rose through A and into AA with the Columbus Astros of the Southern League, registering a 1-1 win-loss record with a 4.43 earned run average (ERA) in 16 games.
Meads started the 1987 season with the Tucson Toros of the AAA Pacific Coast League. He went 1-0 with a 2.80 ERA in 10 appearances before being called up by Houston in April. Meads made his debut on April 13, 1987, and got his first victory on April 23, striking out Ken Griffey, the only batter he faced. He went 5-3 with a 5.55 ERA in 45 appearances out of the bullpen.
Meads started the 1988 season back with Tucson, but was called up again later in the season and proceeded to go 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 22 games pitched. In 1989, while playing with Tucson, he had an arm injury that cut short his career.
- Tufaro, Greg. "Royals draft former Monroe star Dini, Rutgers LHP McCoy", Courier News, June 10, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2017. "The only player from Monroe to reach the Major Leagues is former Houston Astros pitcher Dave Meads, a 1981 graduate of the high school who also played at Middlesex County College."
- Dave Meads Pitching Statistics - Baseball Cube
- Astroland M: The World's Most Complete Listing of Houston Astro Baseball Cards
- Dave Meads Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac
- Dave Meads Minor League Statistics & History - Baseball-reference.com
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)