Joshua Michael VanMeter is a left fielder and infielder in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He used to play for the Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The San Diego Padres selected VanMeter in the fifth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft after he graduated from Norwell High School.
He chose the Padres over Illinois State University, where he had committed to play college baseball. He batted .278/.378/.348 with ten RBIs in 44 games for the Arizona League Padres in 2013.
He batted .254 with three home runs and 39 RBIs in 116 games for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in 2014, and he returned to Fort Wayne in 2015, but only appeared in 25 games due to injuries.
VanMeter was traded to the Cincinnati Reds as the player to be named later in exchange for Luis Torrens on December 9, 2016.
He spent the whole 2017 season with the Pensacola Blues, batting .255/.326/.352 with five home runs, 54 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases in 132 games for the Reds.
VanMeter played in 128 games for both the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and the Louisville Bats in 2018, slashing .260/.337/.454 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs.
He returned to Louisville to start the new year. VanMeter was promoted to the big leagues for the first time on May 5, 2019, and made his debut against the San Francisco Giants.
He hit his first major league home run on July 20 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
How Much Does Josh VanMeter Make?
Josh VanMeter earns an annual salary of $583,400