PITTSBURGH – Outfielder Austin Meadows, the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ top position player prospect, is expected to join the big league club on Friday.
With Starling Marte set to go on the disabled list with an injured right oblique, the Pirates announced on Thursday evening that they intend to recall Meadows. Pittsburgh hosts the San Diego Padres beginning on Friday and if Meadows appears in a game, it will be his MLB debut.
MLB Pipeline rates him as the Bucs’ number two prospect and 42nd overall among all MLB prospects.
Meadows has played in 32 games in 2018 with the Indianapolis Indians, hitting .294 (37-for-126) with one home run and 15 RBIs. The 23-year-old has really come on as of late, extending his hit streak to seven games with a 3-for-5 day in the Tribe’s win in Norfolk on Thursday.
Injuries have set Meadows back slightly in his progression to the majors, with hamstring and oblique strains hurting him in 2017. Despite that, he has risen through the Pirates’ system.
Meadows reached Triple-A for the first time in 2016, playing 37 games to close out the season. He only posted a batting average of .214 (27-for-126), but did smash six homers and drove in 27 runs. The injury bug plagued him more in 2017, leaving him to play 72 Triple-A games. Meadows hit .250 (71-for-284) with four long balls and 36 RBIs.