Scouting Report: Austin Meadows
Players Name: Austin Meadows
Hometown: Grayson, Ga
Bats/ Throws: L/L
Body: Has a long lean body with rounded shoulders. His body is still maturing and has the ability to gain more muscle and his frame could carry an extra 30lbs without a problem. This will help with Meadows power development but may slow him down a step.
Swing: Meadows has a slightly open stance and high hands. He takes a short low stride towards the plate this helps keep his hips closed until the last second. His swing can be long at times but is smooth and quick. He does have a hole in his swing that some people have seemed to want to dwell on it. If he would lower his hands the holes would minimize and it could go back to an above average view of his hit tool. He also generates great bat speed and has loft to his swing, these two things combine to become plus power.
Base running: Meadows has plus speed running a 6.31 in the 60. He shows plus instincts on the bases.
Defense: Meadows seems to glide in the outfield and cover a ton of ground. He has a plus arm in the OF and can stay in CF without any problems.
Summary: Meadows may be the most gifted player in this year’s draft. There are a lot of people that have criticized his swing, but what people have to remember is that we are talking about an 18 yr old player who is still learning the game. His swing will be retooled a few times before his career is done. He will have a great career and has the ability to become a future All-Star.