Pirates come to terms with 1st-round pick Meadows
The Pirates have reached an agreement with prep outfielder Austin Meadows, the ninth overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft, according to a source.
Meadows has reached a deal for near slot value for the pick, which is $3.03 million.
Meadows posted on his Twitter account Thursday evening that he was in Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-4 left-handed hitter will take a physical Friday before signing.
The Pirates agreed to a contract with their second first-round pick, prep catcher Reese McGuire, earlier this month.
The Pirates received the ninth overall pick as compensation for failing to sign last year's first-round pick, Stanford pitcher Mark Appel. Appel went No. 1 overall to Houston earlier this month.
Meadows is a five-tool outfield prospect who MLB Network analyst John Hart compared to Reds outfielder Jay Bruce. Meadows hit .535 with four homers for Grayson (Ga.) High this spring. He went to the same high school as the nation's No. 1 overall football prospect, Robert Nkemdiche, who signed with Ole Miss. Meadows is from Loganville, Ga., the same hometown as Clint Frazier, the No. 5 overall pick in the draft.
Meadows had committed to Clemson.
Meadows was the first first-round high school position player drafted by the Pirates since Andrew McCutchen in 2005.
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