22/04/2024

Curtis Mead is the Low-A East Player of the Week. (Photo: Luke Higgs)

Curtis Mead is pleased to see his hard work pay off while playing for he Charleston RiverDogs, awarded Low-A East Player of the Week.

South Australian Curtis Mead has become the second Australian to earn a weekly Minor League Baseball award this season, taking out the Low-A East Player of the Week for June 14-20.

Playing for the Charleston RiverDogs, the Tampa Bay Rays Low-A affilaite, Mead has had a dominant stretch of performances throughout the past week.

“It was awesome to be be recognised for my performance last week! It was pleasing to see my hard work pay off!”, Mead told The Inner Sanctum.

Across the week, Mead was a key contributor to the Charleston RiverDogs’ six-game series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in which his side won five of those matchups.

Mead appeared in all six games of the series against the Pelicans and started the week with back-to-back three-hit games and overall, compiled a batting average of .407 from 28 at-bats over the week.

He recorded five doubles and two home runs to contribute 10 RBIs, nearly doubling his season total. Mead also stole a couple of bases and scored six runs of his own.

The 20-year-old currently leads the Low-A East division in doubles (15) and hits (49). He also sits equal second in extra base hits (20), third for total bases (78) and eighth in batting average (.336). Additionally, the RiverDogs sit top in the Low-A East South Division with a 27-14 record with a run differential of 72, an effort Mead says is reflective of a team effort.

“I am happy with my performance this year and I think that has come due to my goal of winning games as a team rather than being focused on my personal performance,” Mead says.

“The team as a whole has had a good start to the season and we have a really good culture.”

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Mead, who originally signed with the Philadelphia Phillies organisation in May 2018, was traded to Tampa Bay in November 2019. While he admits he was surprised by the trade initially, seeing how much the Rays respect young, developing players has Mead confident it’s the right career change.

“It was a shock to get moved to the Rays so early in my career but I was quickly put at ease knowing how good the Rays are at developing baseball players”, Mead said.

For the remainder of the Minor League Baseball season that runs until at least September, Mead stated his hopes for the next few months are to stay healthy and continue to compete well.

“The main goal is to stay healthy and complete my first full season,” Mead declared.

“I haven’t played that many games in a short period of time before and I think that will be the biggest test, staying healthy and being able to compete well for six months straight.”

The infielder has played with the Adelaide Bite/Giants in the Australian Baseball League since 2017 and won the club’s MVP for the 2020/21 season. In four seasons in the ABL, Mead has posted a batting average of .302 across 115 games with 57 runs from 116 hits.

Earlier in the season, fellow Adelaide Giant Aaron Whitefield was named the Double-A Central Hitter of the Week from May 4-9 for the Wichita Wind Surge.

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