The South Atlantic League named two Pittsburgh Pirates players as their weekly award winners, with Austin Meadows taking the top player award and Buddy Borden getting named as the top pitcher for the week ending on August 10th. It’s the first time that two West Virginia Power players have won the awards in the same week since they became a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate five years ago.
Meadows hit .480 with four doubles and two homers this week. Since joining West Virginia last month, Meadows is hitting .351/.390/.489 in 23 games. He missed the beginning of the year with hamstring issues and he has also played seven rehab games, split between the GCL Pirates and Bristol.
Borden made two starts this week and was outstanding in both, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks in 13 innings. He struck out ten batters in his last outing, his career high. On the season, he has a 3.16 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 114 innings.
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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.