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Pirates select Grayson CF Austin Meadows with ninth overall pick in MLB draft

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Grayson HIgh School CF Austin Meadows selected by the Pirates with the ninth overall pick in the MLB amateur draft. Grayson HIgh School CF Austin Meadows selected by the Pirates with the ninth overall pick in the MLB amateur draft. Grayson HS

 

Many analysts believe the Pittsburgh Pirates took great advantage of two early first round picks and improved themselves more than any other team in the June 6 MLB Draft. Pittsburgh had the ninth and 14th first round selections and used them on two high school players. Grayson High School centerfielder Austin Meadows was the first of the two picked with catcher Reese McGuire being the second.

 

Meadows was rated as the second best outfielder in the 2013 MLB Draft, second only to another Georgia high school centerfielder-Clint Frazier. Frazier was taken by the Indians with the fourth overall selection. Meadows was the second outfielder taken off the board, the fourth high school player. A total of 12 high school players were selected in the first round (33 selections).

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Meadows was the top rated prospect in the draft at one point, but had dropped in mock drafts leading up to decision day. Meadows has the size (6'3, 200) and can hit for average now, and has huge upside potential in his power skill. He also has 6.3 60-yard speed, which he used to steal 17 bases and hit 14 doubles this past season.

Meadows (a left-handed hitter that will have increased power as he adds strength and matures, has speed, and has an outstanding arm) will advance steadily through the Pirates system. Meadows, who will be headed to Georgia Tech if he decides not to sign with the Pirates, is projected as a corner outfielder due to questions about his arm strength, but could move to center if arm strength improves.

While Frazier is believed by many to be ML ready now, Meadows has the larger upside due to the room for improvement. Having just turned 18, Meadows may be more of a project than Frazier but Pittsburgh drafted for long-term potential (as evidenced by their next two picks-also high school players) and Meadows provides that. The Grayson HS grad could be a 30 home run center fielder that can swipe double digit bases. Could is the key word-that's the great thing about the MLB Draft.


Meadows, like the other first round picks, has the raw ability to have a productive Major League career. Only time will tell which of those selected posses the intangibles that are difficult for scouts and computer analysis to identify-isn't MLB great!?

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Mike Delrio

After six seasons covering pro sports as a credentialed writer/photogrpaher in the Atlanta area, Mike began covering Gwinnett County High School sports in 2013 which led to the launch of Gwinnettsportsreport.com. GSR is a site that highlights prep and youth sports in Gwinnett County. While baseball. basketball, and football receive the majority of the attention, GSR will include updates and news on a variety of sports across the county.

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