MLB Pipeline wrapped up their lists of the top ten at each position on Thursday, saving outfielders for last. Austin Meadows was the lone representative of the Pirates among outfielders, coming in eighth on the list. They write-up says Meadows has a “smooth left-handed swing with five-tool potential”. While he does possess the potential for four plus tools, his arm is average at best. That still means that he could hit for average and power, while adding speed and strong defense.
Meadows missed the first three months of the season with a lingering hamstring injury that occurred during Spring Training. He returned on June 30th and between two rehab stops and his assignment to West Virginia, the 19-year-old hit .317/.394/.488 over 45 games.
Keith Law posted his top 100 prospect list earlier today and had Meadows ranked second among Pirates, 32nd overall and as the seventh best outfielder.
MLB will release their top 100 prospect list tomorrow night on the MLB Network.
The other Pirates that made MLB Pipeline’s top ten lists were Josh Bell, who finished first among first baseman. Tyler Glasnow was third for right-handed pitchers, and Reese McGuire rated as the seventh best catcher.
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