Austin Meadows

CF / Pittsburgh Pirates / EXP: 0YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 210 lb Age: 22 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    • Meadows (oblique) was added to the Pirates' 40-man roster Monday. As expected, the move was made to protect Meadows -- who is viewed as the team's top prospect -- from the Rule 5 draft. He's coming off a disappointing 2017 campaign during which he hit just .250/.311/.359 in 72 games for Triple-A Indianapolis. He also dealt with hamstring and oblique injuries that limited him. The highly-touted prospect should compete for a spot on the Pirates' Opening Day roster, though the team may opt to start him out at Indianapolis once again.

    • Pirates' Austin Meadows: Moved to 7-day DL
      By RotoWire Staff

      Meadows (oblique) was placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. The roster move effectively ends Meadows' season, marking the second straight year that an oblique strain cost him time in September. Even if health hadn't been a factor, it's uncertain if Meadows would have received a September callup to the Pirates, as he had hit a tepid .250/.311/.359 over 312 plate appearances with Indianapolis before being shut down with the injury.

    • Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Meadows wouldn't be included among the team's September call-ups, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Though the Pirates are down an everyday outfielder in Gregory Polanco (hamstring) and lost his primary replacement, Adam Frazier, to a hamstring injury in Sunday's game against the Reds, there doesn't seem to be any momentum to start Meadows' service clock. Widely regarded as the Pirates' top prospect, Meadows has submitted a lackluster campaign with Triple-A Indianapolis, hitting .250 with 23 extra-base hits in 312 plate appearances. The Pirates may want to see him experience more success at the Triple-A level before giving him his first taste of the big leagues.

    • Pirates' Austin Meadows: Makes successful return
      By RotoWire Staff

      Meadows (oblique) went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI for Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday. Aside from late-inning duty Tuesday, he'd missed the last six days with an oblique injury and that was on top of a hamstring ailment which kept him sidelined for more than six weeks. It'd be a big surprise if Meadows earns a September recall, but a strong (and healthy) finish to the Triple-A season could give him a boost heading into the 2018 campaign.

    • Meadows (oblique) is expected to return to Triple-A Indianapolis' lineup in the near future, Adam Berry of reports. Meadows is regarded as the top prospect in the Pittsburgh farm system, so it comes as no surprise that the team is erring on the side of caution with him. However, the 22-year-old entered Tuesday's game as a pinch runner, so it would appear that his return to the lineup is close. Over 68 games with Indianapolis this season, Meadows has hit .242/.304/.349.

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