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Austin Meadows | Outfielder

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/3/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 213
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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Austin Meadows drilled a pinch-hit solo home run in a win over the Tigers on Saturday.
He was batting for Andrew McCutchen in the eighth inning when he took southpaw Kyle Ryan deep to provide the winning run. Meadows is batting .308 with two homers in 39 chances this spring. The 21-year-old top prospect is knocking on the door of the major leagues but it will likely take an injury or a trade involving one of the Pirates' stellar outfielders before he gets an opportunity. Mar 25 - 6:32 PM

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Austin Meadows homered off the Braves' Jaime Garcia in Tuesday's win.

All three Pirates starting outfielders are taking part in the WBC -- and likely will be for the duration of the tournament -- so Meadows is going to get a long look this spring. The top prospect will be a candidate to come up later this year if someone gets hurt or if Andrew McCutchen is traded.
Mar 7 - 4:46 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports relays that the Pirates plan on moving OF prospect Austin Meadows to a corner outfield spot at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Multiple reports have the Pirates searching for an Andrew McCutchen trade partner this offseason, with Passan writing that the team has "been the aggressors" and is not approaching the situation passively. The offshoot of this is some potential outfield tinkering. Should McCutchen be traded, Starling Marte would be moved to center, with Gregory Polanco patrolling left and (eventually) Meadows likely for right field.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 04:33:00 PM

Pirates OF prospect Austin Meadows homered and plated a career-high five runs Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Indianapolis.

His night included a first-inning sac fly, a two-run single in the third inning and later a two-run blast in the fifth. It was good to see Meadows break out after getting off to a rough start in Triple-A. Since his promotion in mid-June, Meadows has hit just .234 with 28 strikeouts in 107 at-bats for Indianapolis. If Meadows can figure things out at Triple-A, he could make his big league debut early next season.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 02:16:00 PM

Pirates OF prospect Austin Meadows kept his hitting streak alive with a home run Thursday in a win for Double-A Altoona.

He also doubled and drove in two runs. The 21-year-old has now hit safely in 18 straight games, hitting .435 over that stretch with 17 extra-base hits. Meadows' first-inning blast was his first career homer against a left-hander. He had been homerless in 91 plate appearances against southpaws before going deep off Erie lefty Anthony Fernandez. Meadows doesn't have enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title after missing time with an orbital fracture, but if he did, his .310 average would be good for fourth-best in the Eastern League.
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 11:06:00 AM

Pirates OF prospect Austin Meadows extended his hitting streak to 17 games Wednesday in Double-A Altoona's loss to Erie.

Meadows went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run. He's hit an astounding .423 with 16 runs scored and 15 extra-base hits during his streak. Meadows was hitting just .192 when the streak began on May 23. Now he's up to .302 with a .554 slugging percentage. The 21-year-old missed most of April after suffering a fractured orbital bone at spring training. He's's No. 16 overall prospect.
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 01:13:00 PM

Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows underwent successful surgery to repair an orbital fracture in his right eye.

Meadows will be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks. He sustained the injury while playing catch last week. The 20-year-old had a terrific showing in the minor leagues last year, slashing .310/.360/.420 with seven homers and 21 stolen bases between High-A and Double-A. He'll begin his season at Double-A Altoona once he's deemed ready to return.
Sat, Mar 19, 2016 08:21:00 AM

Pirates prospect outfielder Austin Meadows will undergo surgery later this week or early next week to repair an orbital fracture.

One of the game's top position prospects, Meadows suffered the injury last Tuesday while playing catch. More should be known about a timeline after the surgery is completed. Meadows turns 21 in May and batted .310/.360/.420 with seven home runs, 55 RBI, and 21 stolen bases over 127 games between High-A and Double-A last year.
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 01:44:00 PM

Pirates OF prospect Austin Meadows suffered an orbital fracture while playing catch on Tuesday.

Meadows is headed to Pittsburgh for more testing. It's a bad break for one of baseball's top prospects. Meadows was superb in the minor leagues last season, hitting .310 across 533 at-bats. The former first-round pick is looking at an extended absence.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 11:38:00 AM

Pirates OF prospect Austin Meadows belted a two-run homer in Saturday's Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game.

It came in the sixth inning off Tigers RHP prospect Adam Ravenelle. The two-run blast was his only hit of the night. Meadows has struggled in the Fall League, hitting just .158 in 57 at-bats for the Glendale Desert Dogs. However, he's coming off an excellent season in the minor leagues. He finished third in the Florida State League in batting average before earning a promotion to Double-A Altoona in September. The 20 year old was the ninth overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 11:48:00 PM

Pirates OF prospect Austin Meadows collected three hits in Saturday's win for High-A Bradenton.

Meadows followed that up with two more hits in Sunday's victory. He's hit .409 with two homers and five RBI during his five-game hitting streak. The 20-year-old leads the Florida State League in hits (128) and total bases (173). He's also third in runs (64) and fourth in batting average (.306). Meadows is No. 28 on's list of the top 100 prospects.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 05:32:00 PM

Pirates OF prospect Austin Meadows delivered four hits Saturday in a win for High-A Bradenton.

Meadows had been 6-for-42 over his previous 11 games. The former first-round pick is hitting .277 this year with two homers and 22 RBI. Meadows has already played more games than he did last season when hamstring injuries limited him to 164 at-bats.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 04:07:00 PM

Pirates prospect Austin Meadows had his five-game hitting streak snapped Monday in a win for High-A Bradenton.

Meadows is hitting just under .300 with seven RBI in 22 appearances. The 20-year-old went to a chiropractor during the offseason to get his hips realigned and the procedure seems to have paid off.'s 45th-ranked prospect is thriving as a leadoff man and seems to have found some untapped potential as a base stealer. Though not an overwhelming threat, he's already tied a career-high with three stolen bases.
Wed, May 6, 2015 04:58:00 PM

Pirates prospect Austin Meadows homered as part of a 3-for-4 day Sunday against Advanced-A St. Lucie.

He also stole his second base of the year. A lingering hamstring injury cost Meadows most of last season, but he hasn't shown any ill effects this year, hitting .375 in his first four games. Meadows isn't close to joining the big club, but the 19-year-old continues to be an exciting outfield prospect for Pittsburgh.
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 03:56:00 PM

Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, and a stolen base for Low-A West Virginia on Friday.

Meadows also struck out twice, and is hitting .309/.377/.460 with 11 doubles, two triples, and two home runs. He has hit well since coming back from his hamstring injury, and is someone who may see time in the Arizona Fall League to pick up extra at bats in order to offset his shortened season. He should open 2015 with High-A Bradenton of the Florida State League, and has the potential to hit .300 with 15 home runs.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11:39:00 AM

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