Austin Meadows was projected to reach the major leagues in 2017 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but it looks like he will have to wait until 2018 because of an hamstring injury. At 22 years old, the outfielder’s batting average in the minors this past season was .261 with five home runs and 46 RBI’s, along with 11 stolen bases.
Meadows is a good outfielder and he is also a disciplined hitter. in 318 at-bats, he only struck out 55 times. This means Meadows will usually put the ball in play and this is something the Pirates need for the future. If the Pirates were to trade Andrew McCutchen in the offseason, Meadows would be a starter in 2018. I think Meadows is going to start the 2018 season with Pittsburgh, but they might feel he needs more reps in Indianapolis (Triple-A).
Meadows is the number one prospect in the Pirates farm system and the #17 overall best prospect according to MLB.com. Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, and Sean Rodriguez are the other noticeable outfielders on the Pirates roster. Meadows will be a contact hitter and hit 15-20 home runs a year at the major league level.