Pirates calling up top OF prospect Austin Meadows
The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced they are calling up their No.2 prospect Austin Meadows before Friday’s game against the Padres.
According to MLB Pipeline, Meadows is the top ranked position prospect for the Pirates and sits right behind No.1 pitcher, Mitch Keller.
The Pirates selected him in the first round (ninth overall) in the 2013 draft. So far this season at Triple-A, Meadows has hit .281/.326/.380 with a home run and 15 RBI in 131 plate appearances.
In his scouting report from MLB Pipeline:
When Meadows has been able to stay on the field, he’s shown the plus hit tool that made him a top 10 pick. He has a very smooth left-handed swing, still largely generated for contact, to go along with an advanced approach at the plate that allows him to draw walks and limit strikeouts. His power started to show up more in 2016, but wasn’t there during his healthy time the following season. He runs well, covering a lot of ground in the outfield and stealing bases, though some wonder how the hamstring injuries will impact that part of his game. He’s capable of playing center field, though some see a move to left in his future, where there will be more pressure for the power to show up more consistently.
Despite the injuries, Meadows is still ahead of the curve from an age/level standpoint. More than anything, he needs to stay off the disabled list so he’s ready whenever that first call to Pittsburgh comes.
The move is related to Starling Marte‘s oblique injury. He said on Wednesday that he doesn’t think he will need to go on the disabled list, but that isn’t the case. Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports that Marte will head to the 10-day DL.