Austin Meadows had a strong debut in the GCL this year, being named Baseball America's top prospect in the league.

Austin Meadows and Buddy Borden Take Home Weekly Awards

The South Atlantic League named two Pittsburgh Pirates players as their weekly award winners, with Austin Meadows taking the top player award and Buddy Borden getting named as the top pitcher for the week ending on August 10th. It’s the first time that two West Virginia Power players have won the awards in the same week since they became a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate five years ago.

Meadows hit .480 with four doubles and two homers this week. Since joining West Virginia last month, Meadows is hitting .351/.390/.489 in 23 games. He missed the beginning of the year with hamstring issues and he has also played seven rehab games, split between the GCL Pirates and Bristol.

Borden made two starts this week and was outstanding in both, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks in 13 innings. He struck out ten batters in his last outing, his career high. On the season, he has a 3.16 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 114 innings.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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