Source: Pirates close to signing top pick Meadows


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The Pirates are close to signing first-round draft pick Austin Meadows, a source said Thursday.

Meadows has a physical scheduled for Friday.

The Pirates selected Meadows, a center fielder from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., with the ninth overall pick in the draft. Meadows hit .535 with four home runs and 14 doubles for Grayson High this season.

Meadows had committed to Clemson, but indications were he planned to sign when he was among the top 10 players selected.

Terms of the agreement were not immediately available. Baseball America reported that the No. 9 slot carried a value of$3,029,600. The Pirates have saved money for Meadows by signing other players chosen in the top 10 rounds for bonuses that fall short of slot value.

The Pirates received the pick as compensation for not signing Stanford right-hander Mark Appel, whom they took eighth overall last year. Appel went first overall to the Houston Astros.

The Pirates already signed their other first-round pick, high school catcher Reese McGuire. McGuire, the 14th overall selection, agreed to a $2,369,800 bonus, according to Baseball America, $200,00 below slot value.

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First Published June 27, 2013 11:15 PM


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