Pirates Prospect Interview: Austin Meadows

Pirates 2013 first round draft pick Austin Meadows was promoted from Class A Advanced Bradenton to the Double-A Curve for the final week of the season plus the Eastern League postseason. The 20-year old outfielder finished with a combined batting average of .310 with seven home runs and 55 RBI. PiratesDugout.com caught up with Meadows recently.

PD – You had a great season a High A with Bradenton and then were promoted late in the season to Double A Altoona. What has Double A been like for you?

AM – It's been great, I was fortunate enough for the Pirates to call me up to Double A and then to help the team get in the playoffs. It has been a great experience, I had the pleasure of playing with these guys in spring training a little bit, so I had some good chemistry there and they were very supportive of me coming to help their team. It's been a great experience.

PD – You did very well at Bradenton. What's the adjustment been like at Altoona. It appears that you've made a smooth transition?

AM – It has gone good for me. I just went up to the plate with a clear mind and just went up there not thinking too much. It was great playing with these guys late in the season and then in the playoffs. I really learned a lot and had fun with it.

PD – What is your approach being such a young player at 20-years old at these levels?

AM – I've kind of been used to it throughout my life when I was playing on summer teams in high school a lot of the teammates have been older than me, so I've really been used to it before. I just try and go out there and have fun and not really worry about the age difference, just go out and compete.

PD – After missing most of 2014 with Single-A West Virginia because of a strained left hamstring, did you take steps to protect yourself from wearing down over the course of a full pro season?

AM – I feel like I've definitely settled in. I feel like I put the injury behind me. I really learned a lot about myself last year. Coming out of high school, you're used to putting up numbers and all that good stuff. Then you're introduced to a lot more failure in the game (as a pro), so you have to learn to put that stuff behind you. You go in with a clear mindset for each at-bat and look to do some damage each time. That's definitely one thing I've learned.

PD – You had 21 stolen bases this season. That is a part of your game you were hoping to showcase correct?

AM – Coming out of spring training, I wanted to work on that. That's definitely a big part of my game.

PD – Did you accomplish what you wanted to do this season? And tell us about your plans for 2016?

AM – I'm looking forward to going down to the instructional league and then the Arizona Fall League and working on my game and making every aspect better and looking forward to next year wherever I end up next year. Just looking forward to improving my game.

PD – Are you excited about playing in the Arizona Fall League?

AM – It means a lot that the Pirates wanted me to go there. Coming into this season, that was my main goal: to go to the Fall League after this year. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity, to improve my game and show people what I can do.


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