Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson, Georgia


High School Senior
Bats/Throws: Left/Left
HT/WT: 6'3"/200
Birthdate: 5/3/95 Age at Draft: 18.23
Meadows is one of those players than will really get a lot of people excited. Possessing the physicality of a player that one would hope to roam center field of a championship team, he immediately gets your attention. He passes the eye test.

He is extremely athletic and has the speed to cover as much ground as you would need from a center fielder. He has a strong enough arm to profile there as well as be average for a corner spot. Defensively much of his value will be whether he is a corner guy or not. If he can't stay up the middle, the bat will really have to play up.

His size combined with his bat speed makes it easy to think that power will come. His swing creates good loft and he could be a 30 HR guy if he reaches his potential. Contact is where I'm not sold. In my viewings, he hasn't squared the ball up consistently. He hits the ball weakly or pops it up frequently. When he does square it up, it flies but it didn't happen as often as I'd like from a guy slated to be a top 10 pick.

As a physical specimen who could hit 30 home runs and stick in center field, the package is just too good to pass on at the top of the draft but his hit tool is worrisome to me. Player development will have a good player to work with here and I can't see him sliding out of the top 10 unless something unusual happens prior to June. If he happens to head to college, he is committed to Clemson.



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