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Friday, May 18, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: AUSTIN MEADOWS OUTFIELDER PITTSBURGH PIRATES

With the Pittsburgh Pirates having placed outfielder Starling Marte on the 10-day DL Thursday due to the oblique strain he suffered earlier in the week, the team quickly moved to fill his void by promoting top prospect Austin Meadows to take his place.  As the 9th overall pick in the 2013 draft, the 23-year-old Meadows is looking to build off a nice start at Triple-A where he was hitting .281 with 1 home run and 8 stolen bases.  It was not all that long ago of course where Meadows was being considered as one of the very best hitting prospects in all of baseball but a rough 2017 year at Triple-A (.250/4 homers/8 steals) set him back just a bit.  No such struggles this time around and truth be told, Meadows has a nice compact swing that is low on strikeouts (15.3 K/9 this season) and speed to at least fill the steals lost when Marte got injured.  The power is where the ultimate question resides with Meadows who to this point has not exactly taken off in that area.  If Meadows can consistently add that aspect to his game, then we are talking about a possible future five-tool guy but for now that skill is not part of the equation just yet.  With that said, Meadows should be added in leagues that go 12 teams or deeper based on his potential alone.  He could very well only be up for two weeks or as long as Marte is out but if Meadows starts spraying line drives everywhere, the Pirates will find a spot for him to stick.


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