Austin Wade Meadows....Hit .535 with 14 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 28 RBI as a senior at Grayson (GA) High School in 2013...Was ranked by Baseball America as the third-best position player and the fifth-best player overall in the 2013 draft...Was also rated by Baseball America as the "Best Athlete", having the "Best Strike Zone Judgment," as well as the second-best "Pure Hitter" and "Closest Player to the Majors" among high school players...Was a 2013 Rawlings preseason first-team All-American...As a junior in 2012 at Grayson High School, helped lead his team to the Georgia Class 6A state semifinals with four home runs, 28 RBI and 19 stolen bases...Also led the USA Baseball 16U National Team to the IBAF World Youth Championship in 2011 in Mexico, leading the team in hits (22), doubles (five), triples (three), RBI (28) and stolen bases (six) while also setting a record for the most RBI and earning a spot on the all-tournament team...His father, Kenny, played baseball and football at Morehead State...His mother, Staci, played softball at Georgia Southern and Georgia State...Was committed to Clemson University before signing with the Pirates...Was selected by the Pirates with the ninth overall selection in the draft as compensation for not signing Mark Appel in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft...Signed by Pirates scout Jerry Jordan.
Entered season ranked as Pittsburgh's No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America...Was also rated by the same publication as the "Best Athlete" and having the "Best Strike Zone Judgment" in Pittsburgh's minor league system...Hit .261 (83-for-318) with 22 doubles, five home runs and 46 RBI in 81 minor league games during an injury-shortened campaign... Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis and produced one hit in his first 23 at bats...Had two hits and tallied first RBI on 4/12 vs. Columbus...Hit first home run on 4/14 at Toledo...Reached base safely in 13 straight games between 4/11-27...Hit .300 (33-for-110) with 10 doubles, two homers, 17 RBI and 28 runs scored in 27 games during the month of May...Placed on 7-day disabled list on 6/22 with a right hamstring strain...Hit .353 (12-for-34) with five extra-base hits and 10 RBI in nine rehab games with the GCL Pirates and West Virginia Black Bears between 7/28 and 8/13...Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from D.L. on 8/15... Went 8-for-30 (.267) in eight games with Indy between 8/16-27 before suffering an oblique strain on 8/27...Missed remainder of the season...Made 33 appearances (32 starts) in center field, 24 appearances (22 starts) in left field and 15 starts in right field while playing with Indianapolis and did not make an error.
Entered season ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's second-best prospect and as the 22nd-best overall (leapt to No. 10 in Baseball America's mid-season report)...Also entered season rated as the fourth-best outfield prospect by MLBpipeline.com... Hit a combined .266 (82-for-308) with 25 doubles, 11 triples, 12 home runs and 47 RBI in 87 games between Double-A Altoona, Indianapolis and the West Virginia Black Bears (rehab)...Missed beginning of campaign after suffering an orbital fracture after being hit in the face with a baseball...Was assigned to Altoona on 4/25...Made season debut on 4/25 and reached base on an infield single in his first at bat...Hit three triples in four games from 5/18-23...Homered for the first time as part of a 3-for-3 day while also collecting three RBI and two stolen bases on 5/30... Was named the Eastern League Player-of-the-Week for the week of 5/30 to 6/5 after hitting .444 in seven games with five triples, two homers, nine runs scored and two stolen bases for the week... Went deep in back-to-back games on 6/8 and 6/9...Tied Kevin Sefcik (21 games in 2002) for the longest hitting streak in Curve history on 6/12...Extended his hitting streak to 24 games with a first inning solo homer on 6/16; also compiled a 29-game onbase streak from 5/15 to 6/16...Established an Altoona record by hitting safely in 24 consecutive games before being promoted to Indianapolis on 6/18; hit .404 (38-for-94) during the streak, which was also the longest by an Eastern League player for the season...Was promoted to Indianapolis on 6/18...Hit safely in each of his first two Triple-A games to extend his streak to 26 games, the second-longest hitting streak by a Pirates minor leaguer since 2005 (Raul Fortunato hit safely in 36 straight games in 2009)... Was placed on the disabled list on 7/1 with a right hamstring injury...Was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game but did not play due to his hamstring injury...Began rehab assignment with the West Virginia Black Bears on 7/29...Came off the D.L. on 8/6 and had two hits in his first game back...Collected a careerhigh five RBI on 8/30 vs. Toledo...Recorded eight RBI over three games from 8/30 to 9/1...Had 16 of his 27 hits with Indianapolis go for extra bases...Was named the Eastern League's Most Exciting Player by Baseball America in early August.
Was ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's thirdbest prospect entering the season...Was named to the Florida State League mid- and post-season season All-Star teams...Led the Florida State League in hits; the most in a single season in Marauders history and the most by a Pirates minor leaguer since Rajai Davis in 2004 (160 hits); also paced the league in total bases (207)...Ranked third in the Florida State League in batting and runs scored and fifth in on-base percentage...Recorded a club-record 46 multi-hit games...Recorded five hits on 5/14 to become the fifth player in Marauders history to record at least five hits in a game...Went 2-for-4 in Double-A debut on 9/2 at Bowie...Hit a game-tying two-run home run in the ninth inning in Game One of the Western Division Series on 9/9 vs. Bowie...Was named to the Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit a two-run home run off Tigers prospect Adam Ravenelle... Finished sixth among Pirates minor leaguers in games played (127) and fifth in batting average.
Entered season ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's fourth-best prospect and as having the "Best Strike-Zone Discipline" in the system...Hit .400 during an eight-game hitting streak from 7/15-24...Was named the South Atlantic League Player-of-theWeek for the week of 8/4-10 after hitting .480 with four doubles, two homers and seven RBI for the week...Hit .329 in 22 games during the month of August.
Was named to the Gulf Coast League's post-season AllStar team...Finished third in the GCL in slugging percentage, tied for third in extra base hits (21) and fifth in total bases...Hit first professional home run on 7/22 against the GCL Braves...Homered in his first game with Jamestown on 8/31 and also in the final game of the regular season on 9/4...Went 4-for-11 with a homer and three RBI in two playoff games.