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Austin Meadows | Outfielder | #17

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/3/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (9) / PIT
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Pirates optioned OF Austin Meadows, RHP Clay Holmes, and LHP Jack Leathersich to Triple-A Indianapolis; reassigned C Christian Kelley, RHP Damien Magnifico, OFs Jason Martin and OF Bryan Reynolds, and INF Cole Tucker to minor league camp.
It's the second round of cuts in Pirates' camp. Meadows is the biggest name of the bunch. The 22-year-old was limited to just 81 games in the minors last season due to a torn hamstring and a strained oblique and underwhelmed even when he did play, but he could get an opportunity in the majors at some point in 2018. He's still a name to watch in fantasy leagues. Mar 12 - 9:53 AM

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Austin Meadows hit a two-run homer in his lone at-bat Thursday as the Pirates beat the Blue Jays 4-1.

The homer was his first, but Meadows has seven RBI in eight at-bats this spring. Nothing he does this month is likely to stop the Pirates from sending him back to Triple-A for the start of the year, but it could make it more likely that he receives a chance the first time a Pirates outfielder gets hurt this season.
Mar 1 - 5:42 PM

Austin Meadows went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and a walk against the Rays on Friday.

The Pirates might have liked to have transitioned directly from Andrew McCutchen to Meadows in their outfield, but that won't happen after Meadows disappointed with a .250/.311/.359 line in 72 games in Triple-A last year. He's also missed time with injuries the last two years. Still, Meadows is just 22 (23 in May) and he was very good in Double-A in 2016. He might hit his way to the majors in the second half of the season.
Feb 23 - 4:52 PM

Pirates purchased the contract of OF Austin Meadows from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Meadows, 22, had a second straight injury-shortened season in 2017 and hit only .250/.311/.359 in 72 games at Indianapolis. He remains one of the top prospects in the game but needs to stay healthy and produce in 2018.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 06:00:00 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Monday that prospect outfielder Austin Meadows will not play winter ball.

The 22-year-old Meadows was limited to just 81 games in the minors this season due to a torn hamstring and a strained oblique. He underwhelmed even when he was healthy enough to play, including a .250/.311/.359 batting line in Triple-A. With the idea of winter ball being scrapped, the Pirates want him to focus on getting ready for the start of the 2018 major league campaign. While his stock is down somewhat, Meadows could be on the fast track to Pittsburgh next year if he can stay healthy and show signs of tangible progress early on.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 09:41:00 AM

Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday due to a strained oblique.

He wasn't going to be called up this month, anyway, after missing so much time with a torn hamstring, but it's yet another injury to add to the list for Meadows. This is the second straight season that's ended early because of an oblique injury. Meadows hasn't reached 90 games played in either of the last two seasons and has hit only .239/.306/.390 at Indy during that time. The good news is he's still just 22, so he has time to right the ship.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 11:27:00 AM

Pirates prospect Austin Meadows went 3-for-5 on Wednesday for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Two of the hits were doubles, and he scored two runs. It's been a disappointing year for Meadows, but the future is still bright, and he appears to be ending things on the right foot. You probably won't see him in the majors until 2018, but he has above-average tools across the board, so he's obviously fantasy relevant when he makes his debut.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 01:02:00 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington indicated Sunday that outfield prospect Austin Meadows is unlikely to make his major league debut this season.

Meadows' recovery from a torn hamstring has come along more slowly than expected, and all the missed time might have cost him a shot at a second-half promotion. The top prospect could play winter ball to make up for lost time. Meadows has batted .248/.313/.358 with four homers and 10 steals at Triple-A Indianapolis this season.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 02:06:00 PM

Pirates prospect outfielder Austin Meadows is still rehabbing his right hamstring injury.

Meadows received a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection for a right hamstring tear about a month ago. He was originally expected to miss up to four weeks, but the Pirates are taking things slow. "We’re still trying to get the leg healthy and then get him into a baseball progression," said Pirates general manager Neal Huntington. "He’s feeling good and has checked boxes so far." The 22-year-old was batting just .248/.313/.358 with four homers and 35 RBI through 64 games this season at the Triple-A level. Many speculated on a potential call-up after Starling Marte's PED suspension back in April, but odds are against him being a major contributor with the big club this season.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 12:11:00 PM

Pirates prospect outfielder Austin Meadows is expected to miss up to four weeks after receiving a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection last week for a right hamstring tear.

Meadows suffered the injury last week. It's the latest frustrating development for the 22-year-old, who has struggled to the tune of a .248/.313/.358 batting line with four homers and 35 RBI through 64 games this season in Triple-A. Meadows was mentioned as a possibility for a call-up after Starling Marte's PED suspension back in April, but the Pirates didn't think he was ready at the time. At this point, the priority should be getting him healthy to finish the year on a high note.
Mon, Jun 26, 2017 09:35:00 AM

Pirates prospect Austin Meadows tweaked his right hamstring Wednesday in a game at Triple-A Indianapolis.

He is scheduled to undergo an MRI and will likely spend a bit of time on the Triple-A disabled list. Meadows, the ninth overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, has batted just .248/.313/.358 with four home runs in 64 games this season for Indy.
Thu, Jun 22, 2017 10:12:00 AM

Pirates prospect Austin Meadows went 3-for-5 on Sunday for Triple-A Indianapolis.

One of the hits was a double, and Meadows also scored a run while driving in three for Indianapolis. It's been an uneven season at the plate for the 2013 first-round pick, but lately there's been more bad than good. If he can turn it on in the second-half of the 2017 season, he has a great chance of ending the year with the Pirates.
Mon, Jun 12, 2017 01:04:00 PM

Pirates prospect Austin Meadows went 3-for-4 on Sunday for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Two of the hits were doubles, and Meadows also scored a run. His triple-slash line of .260/.313/.370 may not look terribly impressive, but it is when you consider quite a few of these numbers started with one not too long ago. If he keeps hitting the way he did for most of May, he has a great chance of joining Pittsburgh this summer.
Mon, Jun 5, 2017 01:00:00 PM

Pirates prospect Austin Meadows went 1-for-5 on Sunday for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Meadows did end up scoring a run after the hit, but he also struck out twice. There is a golden opportunity for Meadows to reach the big leagues right now, but the results have been too poor to even think about calling him up at this point. All the talent is here, but Meadows needs to start hitting. Soon.
Mon, May 1, 2017 01:38:00 PM

Pirates GM Neal Huntington told reporters Tuesday that top outfield prospect Austin Meadows is not yet ready for the major leagues.

Meadows' path to the show opened wide on Tuesday when Starling Marte was hit with an 80-game PED suspension, but the Pirates aren't going to rush the 21-year-old. Meadows tore up the lower minors, but the 2013 first-rounder has batted just .202/.280/.417 through 186 plate appearances at the Triple-A level. Andrew McCutchen is moving back to center field for the Bucs and Jose Osuna has been called up to provide depth. We could see Meadows in May or June.
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 05:30:00 PM

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