By Jason Shetler
MLB Pipeline released their list of the Top 10 outfield prospects. Austin Meadows was ranked third on the list, behind only Andrew Benintendi (Red Sox) and Victor Robles (Nationals).
Meadows’ ranking is one spot higher from where he was last year. The former first round selection didn’t start off 2016 well, as he underwent surgery for an orbital fracture he sustained in Spring Training.
The injury however had virtually no affect on Meadows’ performance at the plate, as he put up a .976 OPS in 45 games with the Altoona Curve, thanks in part to a very impressive slugging percentage of .611. He was promoted to the Indianapolis Indians in June where he posted a .757 OPS in 37 games played. Meadows enters 2017 as the top prospect overall in the Pirates system, and should arrive to Pittsburgh at some point this season.