Meadows named Eastern League Player of the Week

Pirates' No. 2 prospect hit .444 with five triples and two homers over seven games

Altoona Curve outfielder Austin Meadows (Photo: Mark Olson / MiLB.com)

By Trey Wilson / Altoona Curve | June 6, 2016 10:07 AM

CURVE, Pa. - Altoona Curve outfielder Austin Meadows is the Eastern League Player of the Week for May 30-June 5, the league announced on Monday. It is the second Player of the Week Award for Meadows in his career and his first in the Eastern League.

In seven games, Meadows hit .444 with five triples and two homers. The 21-year-old center fielder scored nine runs, drove in six and stole two bases. He compiled four multi-hit games and scored multiple runs three times.

Meadows, a native of Atlanta, began the week with a 3-for-3 game at Bowie on Monday with a home run, two runs scored, three RBIs, a walk and two steals. He also robbed a potential three-run homer in center field from Bowie's Quincy Latimore in the 9-4 Curve win.

On Wednesday, the Pirates' No. 2 prospect tripled in the top of the eighth inning, beginning a span of five triples in 10 at-bats over four games. He hit two triples two nights later in the series opener against Binghamton, and added another three-bagger in his first trip to the plate on Saturday.

In just 35 games played this season, Meadows has recorded eight triples, the most in Double-A and tied for the second-most in all of minor league baseball.

Currently riding a team-best 14-game hitting streak, Meadows capped the week with a solo home run on Sunday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field in the Curve's 4-3 loss to Binghamton, the second regular-season homer of his Double-A career.

During the hitting streak, Meadows is hitting .443 (23-for-52) with eight multi-hit games, raising his average from .192 on May 23 to .296 through Sunday. In the 14 games, he has two homers, six triples, four doubles, nine RBIs, 14 runs scored, five stolen bases and five walks. He is also currently on a 19-game on-base streak.

After suffering an orbital fracture in spring training, Meadows missed the beginning of the season and does not currently have enough plate appearances to qualify for the league leaderboard in batting average.

Meadows also earned South Atlantic League Player of the Week honors on August 11, 2014 while with the West Virginia Power.

Meadows and the Curve begin a seven-game road swing tonight in Erie at 7:05 p.m. The Curve return to Peoples Natural Gas Field on Tuesday, June 14 to open a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, followed by a three-game home set against the Hartford Yard Goats.

For tickets and more information, visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office. 

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