Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call: A Strong Start to the Spring for Austin Meadows

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Good work, young man

Spring Training doesn’t really matter all that much. However, it’s always good when an important young player has a good start. Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows has been outstanding so far this spring.

In his first three games, Meadows is slashing .625/.667/2.167 with one home run and seven RBIs. Yesterday in the Pirates 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, Meadows hit an absolutely towering home run:

Austin Meadows isn’t really playing for a job in Pittsburgh. It’s almost guaranteed he will begin the season at Triple-A and that’s probably okay. Meadows had an up and down season in 2017. He struggled to stay healthy and his hitting suffered as a result. The Pirates are a team in transition and a lot of their future success hinges on Meadows. It may seem like Meadows has been a prospect forever but he is still only 22-years-old.

The Pirates are very conservative with how they advance their prospects and at times that is infuriating. However, the Pirates could afford to be patient with Meadows as they had a fairly stacked outfield during his entire Minor League Career. The Pirates still have a fairly solid outfield core with Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, and Corey Dickerson. However, Meadows time is coming. Dickerson is a short-term stopgap and that is a good thing. Dickerson is a very productive Big League outfielder and if his run with the team is successful, that benefits both the Pirates and Austin Meadows. Austin Meadows will eventually be a Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder but for now, it’s best if he focuses on being a star for the Indianapolis Indians.

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Steve Kubitz

Steve Kubitz was born and raised in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. He is a long time and annoyingly positive baseball fan. He bought into the Pirates' 5-year-plan before it was cool. He is best known for staying calm about losing streaks on twitter and trying his best to make sure other fans don’t overreact to when the Pirates lose a tough ballgame to a division rival. The only thing he isn’t positive about is the wave during close ballgames.