Pirates select Austin Meadows 9th overall in MLB Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates picked OF Austin Meadows from Grayson High School in Georgia.

Meadows is a 6’3″, 200 pound, left-handed hitter and thrower. Baseball America had him ranked as the #5 prospect in the draft.

Here’s ESPN’s Keith Law’s video analysis of Meadows.

Here’s some analysis from Baseball America:

Meadows entered the season as the No. 1 prep hitter in the country before being passed by his neighbor, Clint Frazier. It’s not necessarily because Meadows had a bad spring, though. The physical lefthanded hitter has a 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame, maintaining his athleticism even though he added 10-15 pounds since last summer. Scouts consider it good weight, so it may be a challenge for Meadows to remain in center field down the line. He has modest arm strength but is athletic enough to play all three outfield spots. Scouts have significant confidence in his bat, which projects to be formidable. Meadows has a smooth, easy swing that he repeats and he covers the plate well. His mature approach stands out at the prep level, and he has the leverage to hit for corner-profile power. Some scouts do question his loft power thanks to a flat bat path and a relative lack of looseness, and some others consider him a bit low-energy for their taste. Still, he combines athleticism with one of the safest bats in the draft and should go out in the first 10-12 selections.