After playing 51 career games at the Double-A level, 2013 First Round Draft pick Austin Meadows has been promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Meadows missed the first few weeks of the season after suffering an orbital fracture during a workout in early March. The 21-year old made his season debut on April 25 and has been hitting ever since. In 45 games playing for the Altoona Curve this season, Meadows hit at a .311/.365/.611 clip with six home runs, 23 RBI, 16 doubles and nine stolen bases.
Meadows also leaves Altoona with a 24-game hitting streak intact, which happens to be the longest hit streak in Altoona Curve history. During the streak, Meadows hit .404 with six home runs and 17 RBI.
Ranked as the No. 16 overall prospect by MLB.com, Meadows is a prime prospect at a position in which the Pirates are very deep at the major league level. He is a player who excels both on offense and on defense while also having stellar speed on the base paths, compiling 21 stolen bases in 127 games last season between Single-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona. He also has shown great plate discipline throughout his minor league career, striking out 195 times in 1041 at-bats between six different teams.
In 2013, Meadows was one of two players, the other being Reese McGuire, selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. That year, Meadows was selected ninth overall out of Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., while McGuire was selected with the 14th overall pick.
Meadows, who is a career .312 hitter in the minor leagues, joins an extensive group of top prospects playing for the Indianapolis Indians including pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Chad Kuhl and infielders Josh Bell, Adam Frazier and Alen Hanson.
Tonight, Meadows was not in the lineup for the Curve’s 3-2 loss against the Hartford Yard Goats at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona.