Pittsburgh Pirates Sign First Rounder Austin Meadows

By Zach Morrison
Austin Meadows
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have now signed both of their first-round picks from the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft. After signing 14th overall pick Reese McGuire a few weeks ago, the Pirates have reached an agreement with ninth overall pick Austin Meadows.

Meadows, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America, will get the full slot amount. The slot amount for the ninth pick is $3,029,600. Callis tweeted that Meadows was only the second player in the top 11 picks to get full slot value. Of the 40 picks made by the Pirates, only 10 remain unsigned.

Meadows is a left-handed hitting prep outfielder that was one of the best athletes in the draft. In his senior season at Grayson High School in Georgia, Meadows hit for a .535 batting average. He apparently has some of the best raw power in the draft. The Pirates’ Twitter account tweeted that they rated Meadows as the best athlete in the draft, the second-best “pure hitter” and the best strike-zone judgment among prep players.

The Pirates have so many outfield prospects at this point. The current Pirates’ outfield consists of Starling MarteAndrew McCutchen and Travis Snider, with Jose Tabata on the bench as the fourth outfielder. The Pirates’ farm system is also loaded with outfielders, including Barrett BarnesGregory PolancoJosh Bell and now Meadows. This could mean one of two things: The Pirates will have a lot of options in the outfield for the next 10 years, or the Pirates will have a lot of trade bait if they want to improve the team via trade.

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