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Tigers draft OF Parker Meadows with No. 44 overall pick in 2018 MLB draft

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The Georgia prep outfielder is the younger brother of Pirates top prospect Austin Meadows.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Detroit Tigers Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers selected Georgia high school outfielder Parker Meadows with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft on Monday evening. Meadows is an athletic player who projects as a power-hitting corner outfielder. He is the younger brother of Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows.

The Tigers were closely linked with the younger Meadows throughout the draft cycle. FanGraphs’ prospect team noted that the Tigers were scouting Meadows earlier in the draft cycle, and that the club was looking at prep outfielders for their second round pick. Meadows is the No. 42 prospect on MLB Pipeline’s draft board, and was praised for his well-rounded profile. FanGraphs compared him to Cleveland Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer, and ranked him 46th on their draft board.

Shortly after the Tigers were linked to Meadows, we took an in-depth look at the young outfielder.

FanGraphs called Meadows “the spitting image of Indians CF Bradley Zimmer” when they ranked him No. 32 on their draft board earlier this spring, so this makes for an easy write-up. Like Zimmer, Meadows is lanky and athletic, but with a well-rounded profile. He has solid raw power that both FanGraphs and MLB Pipeline graded as plus thanks to his large frame.

The Tigers do not have any more picks remaining in Monday’s portion of the MLB draft. They will lead off the festivities on Tuesday with the No. 79 overall pick, the first selection of the third round.