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Austin Meadows

Born: 05/03/1995 (Age: 21)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 200
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position: LF
Physical/Health
athletic build; sturdy lower half; strength in upper body without bulk; broad shoulders with slope; injury history, but would not deem prone.
Evaluator Adam Hayes
Report Date 06/22/2016
Dates Seen 6/11, 6/12
Affiliate Altoona Curve (AA, Pirates)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 Medium 70 60; First-division outfielder Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 70 simple load in lower half; slight hitch triggers start of swing; mild bat wrap before level, direct swing; plus bat speed from strong wrists, forearms; middle of the field to pull approach with ability to hit to opposite field with authority; will expand zone.
Power 55 power is mostly to pull side with signs of strength up middle, opposite field; line drives over loft; solid, loud contact; doubles over home runs for now, though capable of 20-homer production
Baserunning/Speed 60 4.13 home to first time; moves easy; strong legs with lengthy stride; will use to impact game
Glove 50 capable in CF for now; athletic with enough speed to cover for shakiness of reads; solid fit in a corner role
Arm 45 tick below-average arm strength; shows carry, though accuracy wavers
Overall

Special talent with plus-plus bat and average-or-better tool package. Former first-round pick. Hits with confidence and authority. Outside of slight hitch, swing is simple and direct. Power has potential to be plus raw, but likely above-average in-game; level swing generates more line drives than loft. Hits with enough impact that 20-homer seasons are reasonable, though not imminent. Speed is plus and utilized well; hustles out of the box, steals bases. Defense and arm are low tools, likely average and a tick below. Athletic enough to handle CF in the short-term, but a more comfortable fit in a corner. Arm strength is a bit light; passable in RF, but LF profiles better. Promoted to Triple-A shortly after look. Unique combination of tools that will be fun to watch going forward. An elite prospect.

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