Meadows injures eye

Prized outfield prospect Austin Meadows, who’s expected to start this season with the Curve, suffered an orbital injury to his right eye Tuesday at spring training.

Meadows was hit in the face by a ball while playing catch, according to the Pirates, and initial tests revealed an orbital fracture. He has swelling around the eye and will be re-evaluated in Pittsburgh next week.

It’s too early to establish a timeline for his return, Pirates head trainer Todd Tomczyk told the media in Bradenton, Fla.

Given that the minor league season starts April 7, and that Meadows will miss a significant portion of spring training, it would appear doubtful that he’ll be ready to play when the Curve open up.

Meadows, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 draft, is one of the game’s best prospects, with some comparing the 20-year-old’s skills and development to that of Andrew McCutchen at the same age.

Meadows hit .307 with seven homers and 54 RBIs for high-A Bradenton last year before coming up to the Curve, where in six games he hit .360. He also belted a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning of the team’s playoff opener against Bowie in a game Altoona overcame a 7-0 deficit to win.