Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/14/14
AUSTIN MEADOWS CENTER FIELDER   Born: May 3, 1995 Height: 6’3″ Weight: 210 Bats: Left Throws: Left Drafted: 1st Round, 9th Overall, 2013 How Acquired: Draft High School: Grayson HS, Loganville, GA Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES The Pirates selected Meadows with the ninth pick, which they had as a result of their inability to sign Mark Appel in 2012.  He’s an athletic center fielder who has a chance to stay at the position.  He runs well now, but given his size may lose some speed later.  His arm is around average, but probably good enough for him to play right.  His bat is highly regarded and considered a relatively save bet.  There are some questions whether his swing will create the kind of loft necessary for corner outfield power, but he has above-average power potential.  Baseball America rated him the fifth best player in the draft, the second closest to the majors among prep players.  BA also rated his strike zone judgment the best among prep players.  He has a commitment to Clemson, but is not expected to be exceptionally difficult to sign. STATS HS BA OBP SLG AB 2B 3B HR BB K SB CS 2013 .535 .633 .930 71 14 1 4 CONTRACT INFORMATION 2013: PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: MiLB Debut: MLB Debut: MiLB FA Eligible: 2019 MLB FA Eligible: Rule 5 Eligible: 2017 Added to 40-Man: Options Remaining: 3 MLB Service Time: 0.000 TRANSACTIONS June 6, 2013: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st round, 9th overall pick.
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