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Pittsburgh Pirates Steal Austin Meadows with No.9 Pick of 2013 MLB Draft

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Everything has seemingly gone the way of the Pittsburgh Pirates this season in one way or another. That continued with the gift they got in the No. 9 slot of the 2013 MLB Draft. Austin Meadows was still available when their time on the clock came up. The only question at that point was why it took more than about ten seconds to grab this big kid off of the board. This has the potential to be a big time pick for the Pirates future.

As they are building themselves into a winner and hoping to be a consistent winner, Meadows gives them a ton of potential at the ninth slot. He is out of high school so his big 6’2” frame has time to develop into a bulkier and more powerful version of his current self in a few years. He has speed, defensive skills and all of the offensive potential anyone could want. This is one of the top high school prospects available in the whole draft and the Pirates got a steal that he was still there.

Meadows was ranked higher than fellow GA highschooler Clint Frazier who went in the five slot. Really, I have no clue why Meadows was still there when the Pirates came up but picking him at nine was the right thing to do. His stats this spring might be a little off from what the scouts wanted to see but this kid has five-tool outfielder written all over him. He is a good pick for the Bucks and they should go get him inked to a deal while they can.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.