The Pittsburgh Pirates have no shortage of quality outfielders. They've got Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte at the major league level, with Gregory Polanco on the way to possibly provide the best outfield trio in the majors. They've got top prospects in the minor leagues, beyond Polanco, who could either shift to first base, serve as depth/eventual replacements for the big three, or be used as a trade chip if needed. One of those top prospects is Austin Meadows, who was taken in the first round of the 2013 draft.
Meadows was one of the top prep hitters in the draft, but fell to the Pirates with the ninth pick in the draft. That pick is looking like an early steal. Jonathan Mayo recently compiled an average list of the various top 100 prospect rankings, and Meadows ranked sixth among 2013 draft picks, coming in at number 51. Three of the players drafted ahead of him were ranked lower, and two other guys ended up just a few spots ahead of him.
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