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Game Of The Week: Profile On Pirates’ Austin Meadows


Pittsburgh Pirates’ number two prospect Austin Meadows seems to have the necessary skills to make it to the Majors, but plaguing injuries always get in the way.

The 20 year old outfielder from Loganville, Georgia, was drafted in the 1st Round of the 2013 MLB Draft as the ninth overall pick while playing in high school. Shortly after being drafted he signed with the Pirates and then joined the Gulf Coast League where he appeared in forty-three games, hit .294 along with five homers and 20 RBIs. He then finished the 2013 season with the  Jamestown Jammers in the New York-Penn League.

At the beginning of the 2014 season he suffered a few injuries which prevented his promotion to Low A West Virginia where he concluded the season appearing in just thirty-eight games, he did hit .322 in 146 at-bats with three  homers, thirteen  doubles and fifteen homers which shows the power that he is capable of.

So far in 2015 he has played with the High-A Bradenton Marauders and in fifty-nine games has hit .266 with two homers and 21 RBIs. He did miss a span of about ten days in the middle of June and since then has only been 2 for 19.

Meadows does have strong base running skills and can average for power if he stays healthy throughout the entire season. The Pirates are currently working on polishing his defensive skills in the outfield but he is natural center fielder with great skills.

So, if he can work on his offensive skills and stay healthy he will move up the system sooner rather than later.

Bethany Cohen
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