PITTSBURGH — As far as big debuts go, Austin Meadows’ just didn’t rate.

Meadows, the Pirates top hitting prospect and top draft pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, made his MLB debut at PNC Park on Friday in the Pirates’ 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres.

There was the usual fanfare of the debut of a top prospect, with triple the usual press presence and about 5,000 walk-up tickets sold. But unlike that of an Andrew McCutchen or even Jameson Taillon, there just wasn’t the same feel regarding Meadows.

It probably has something to do with the fact that the Pirates are 26-18 and entered the day in first place in the NL Central. The team is playing very well, and if not for Starling Marte’s oblique injury, they really wouldn’t need Meadows.

Meadows also hasn’t been playing all that well in ...

To celebrate the upcoming MLB draft, we’re offering a big subscription discount of 18% off from now through the draft , so that you can follow all of our updates and coverage.To get the discount, use the code MLBDRAFT for an Annual subscription, or MLBDRAFT3 for a Top Prospect Plan.

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail help@piratesprospects.com.