Austin Meadows

#77 CF / Pittsburgh Pirates / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-3 Weight: 210 lb Age: 21 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    The Pirates rewarded Austin Meadows with a midseason promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis following his hot start at Double-A Altoona. A broken orbital bone initially pushed his season debut back a few weeks, but Meadows found his game in late May and went on a 26-game hitting streak (.408/.441/.864). The left-handed hitter's splits against lefties (.260/.333/.494) and righties (.268/.333/.550) are encouraging. He totaled only 212 plate appearances in Altoona prior to his promotion, ascending quickly through a typically conservative Pittsburgh organization. After compiling a .976 OPS with the Curve, the 21-year-old found the going a bit rougher in Indianapolis. Meadows hit only .214/.290/.460 in 126 at-bats, though he gained valuable experience against older competition. A late-season oblique strain dashed any hopes of a September promotion or trip to the Arizona Fall League. While the outfield in Pittsburgh is set, injuries (or an Andrew McCutchen trade?) have a way of changing circumstances. Meadows will likely start 2017 in Triple-A, but he could make his debut mid-summer as the Pirates attempt to keep him from reaching Super Two status.

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    • Pirates' Austin Meadows: Reassigned to minors
      By RotoWire Staff

      Meadows was reassigned to the Pirates' minor-league camp Monday. A top prospect in the Pirates' system, Meadows doesn't look to be far away from making his big-league debut, but with no existing openings in the outfield, he'll presumably open the season with Triple-A Indianapolis in order to pick up everyday at-bats. Unless the Pirates decide to trade away Andrew McCutchen or if McCutchen, Gregory Polanco or Starling Marte fall victim to injury, it may be difficult for the 21-year-old to see extended action in the majors in 2017.

    • Meadows hit his second home run of the spring Saturday, raising his batting average to .308 in 39 at-bats. His towering shot to right field off lefty Kyle Ryan showed some of the left-handed-hitting Meadows' promise. The outfielder, who totaled only nine spring at-bats (all in 2015) prior to this year, saw his strikeout rate increase from Double-A to Triple-A in 2016. Thus far in camp he's compiled 6:14 BB:K, an area he'll need to address prior to a potential recall in 2017.

    • Pirates' Austin Meadows: Increased action on tap
      By RotoWire Staff

      Meadows has two hits in nine at-bats with one stolen base through his first six spring training games. He's expected to see plenty of playing time with Pittsburgh's entire starting outfield out of camp for the World Baseball Classic. Meadows, who has primarily played in center field in the minors, is expected to get a look in left field with Starling Marte now entrenched in center for the next four or five seasons.

    • Pirates' Austin Meadows: Clean bill of health
      By RotoWire Staff

      Meadows is healthy after leaving the 2016 Arizona Fall League early with a strained oblique. He's expected to see a fair amount of Grapefruit League action this spring with all three of Pittsburgh's starting outfielders taking part in WBC. The organization aggressively promoted Meadows to Triple-A in 2016 after he strung together a 24-game batting streak at Double-A. He hit just .214/.297/.460 in 120 at-bats with Indianapolis but got his first taste of advanced pitching. The highly-touted 21-year-old will likely start 2017 with Indy. If he can avoid the injuries which have saddled him throughout his young career, then he could make his MLB debut sometime in 2017, especially if and when the Bucs trade Andrew McCutchen.

    • Meadows suffered a strained oblique in the last game of the season with Triple-A Indianapolis and it will force him to miss the Arizona Fall League,'s Adam Berry reports. Injuries were an issue for Meadows all season, as he played just 87 games between Double-A, Triple-A and rehab assignments. His incomplete season was one of the reasons the Pirates wanted him to play in the AFL for the second year in a row, but it seems like we won't see Meadows until spring training. He hit .214/.297/.460 with six home runs, eight steals and 34 strikeouts in 126 at-bats with Indianapolis, and should head back to the International League at the outset of 2017.

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