I have to hand it to Pirates GM Neal Huntington and owner Bob Nutting for not shying away from talent in the draft just because of coveted signing bonuses. If only the Pirates had this kind of support behind them like in the 2007 draft when they overlooked Matt Wieters for a middle reliever Daniel Moskoes (ugh!!!!).
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Meadows had a very good first year in pro ball after a slightly rocky start.
In the Gulf Coast League he batted a .294/.399/.519 line (.918OPS) as a Center Fielder 18 year old. Of his 47 hits, he had 11 doubles, 5 triples, and 5 homeruns while driving in 20 over the course of 43 games. Defensively he committed 1 error, but had 3 outfield assists and 1 double play.
After the Gulf Coast League season ended, him and fellow 1st round pick Reese McGuire became members of the NY Penn-League Jamestown Jammers where he played in 5 games and hit 2 HR and batted a .529/.636/.882 line for an OPS of 1.519 while walking more than striking out. To say this kid isn't going to be something special would be disrespectful. From video I've seen, he's going to be one of the game's best in a few years.
If you had previously missed my post where I showed off autographs of the Pirates recent draft picks in Team USA gear, click this link to see autos of Cole, Taillon, McGuire, and Meadows.