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Austin Meadows returns from injury, doubles twice in debut
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(6/30/14) Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows made his season debut Monday in the Gulf Coast League, going 2 for 2 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI, MLB.com reports.
Meadows, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 draft, suffered a hamstring injury in spring training and had to deal with a setback during rehab, keeping him sidelined for the first three months of 2014. He is expected to eventually progress to Class A West Virginia.
Austin Meadows trying to settle in at rookie ball
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(7/17/13) Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows produced his first career RBI Tuesday for the GCL Pirates (rookie). He also had his first career triple and walk in the game.
Meadows has hit safely in his last three games and is starting to heat up after a slow start. The 2013 first-round pick (ninth overall) is batting .160 (4 for 25) in his first six games. He has one double, but unfortunately has struck out 10 times to just one walk. He has struck out multiple times in four of his first six games.
Baseball America ranked Meadows as the sixth-best prospect in the 2013 draft class. Meadows hit .535 (38 for 71) with a .633 slugging percentage, one triple, four home runs, 14 doubles, 28 RBI and 29 runs in 24 games as a senior for Grayson (Ga.) High School.
|At 18, Austin Meadows is years from reaching the big leagues, but the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft made a good first impression in the short-season levels of the minors, showing off the power that has earned him comparisons to Jay Bruce. That's even higher praise than some Fantasy owners may realize given that Bruce was considered the best prospect in all of baseball once upon a time. Bruce never did figure out how to hit for average in the majors, but of course, Meadows' book is still being written. The range of possible outcomes for him at this early stage of his career is so wide that attempting to rank him for the long haul is probably wasted effort. In long-term keeper leagues, your biggest takeaways should be that he's going to be good, but not particularly soon. Oh, and power. He'll hit for power.
(Updated 1/15/14) |
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