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WV Power Report: Austin Meadows Hitting His Stride

Big things were expected for OF Austin Meadows this season. Meadows was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 9th overall selection in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB draft. Meadows got his career off to a good start by smashing 7 HRs with a .977 OPS in 48 games of Rookie League Ball to close out 2013. He was considered a consensus Top 100 prospect in 2014 preseason rankings. Meadows was expected to play a full season of A ball in 2014 with the West Virginia Power. Unfortunately, he was derailed by hamstring injuries and missed the first three months of the season. After a short rehab stint in the Gulf Coast Rookie League, Meadows finally made his WV Power debut on July 12th. It has taken him a while to find his power stroke, but it has finally arrived. Meadows hit his first home run of the season earlier this week off of Lucas Giolito (the top pitching prospect of the Washinbgton Nationals). He followed that up with another home run the next day. Meadows is now hitting .333 with a solid .829 OPS. He has recorded multiple hits in 9 of his 20 games with the Power this seaosn. Since he joined the WV Power the team has been playing much better. Their record is 11-13 since Meadows’ first appearance nearly a month ago. It might not seem like much but this is a team that had just a .300 winning percentage over the first half of the season. Austin Meadows has given them a nice boost. More importantly what was looking like a lost season for Meadows now appears to be salvaged. Now that he is back on the field and play well his prospect stock should not suffer much from the missed time early in the season. The future for Austin Meadows is still very bright.
 

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