February 28, 2013; Bradenton, FL, USA; Boston Red Soxworks out prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates come to terms with Austin Meadows


February 28, 2013; Bradenton, FL, USA; Boston Red Soxworks out prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It is being reported by multiple sources that the Pittsburgh Pirates have reached an agreement with outfielder Austin Meadows, the ninth-overall pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, from Grayson High School in Georgia.

The terms of the agreement have not been made immediately available. Baseball America has reported that the No. 9 slot in the draft carried a value of $3,029,600.

On Thursday evening, Meadows said on his Twitter account that he was in Pittsburgh. He has a physical set for Friday.

Pittsburgh was awarded the ninth overall pick as compensation for failing to sign Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, last year’s No. 8 pick and this year’s top draftee by Houston earlier this month.

Meadows is listed at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds; he bats and throws left-handed. He was rated the No. 5 overall prospect and the third-best position player by Baseball America. The last time Pittsburgh selected a high school position player in the first round was back in 2005 when they picked Andrew McCutchen. Meadows has a college commitment to play baseball for Clemson University.

The Bucs already signed their other first-round pick, catcher Reese McGuire from Kentwood High School in Covington, Wash. McGuire was the 14th overall selection and he agreed to a $2,369,800 contract.

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