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The future looks very bright for Kier Meredith. The Glenn High senior, is busy finishing up his prep career with the Bobcats baseball team. He is currently ranked among the top five in

the Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference in six categories – batting (.443), slugging percentage (.714), runs (24), stolen bases (19), fielding percentage (.982), homers (2) and on-base percentage (.560). However, he’s keeping an eye on the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft which will be held June 12-14. Meredith, a speedy 5-10, 177-pound outfielder, is expected to be selected in the first three rounds of the draft. Meredith’s career at Glenn could end any day now. The Bobcats begin play in the Piedmont Triad 4-A tournament tonight. A loss would mean the end for Meredith and the Bobcats. ....More...

       

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Glenn's Meredith Looks To The Future By Sam Davis

Triad Sports Weekly

         

The future looks very bright for Kier Meredith. The Glenn High senior, is busy finishing up his prep career with the Bobcats baseball team. He is currently ranked among the top five in the Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference in six categories – batting (.443), slugging percentage (.714), runs (24), stolen bases (19), fielding percentage (.982), homers (2) and on-base percentage (.560).

However, he’s keeping an eye on the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft which will be held June 12-14. Meredith, a speedy 5-10, 177-pound outfielder, is expected to be selected in the first three rounds of the draft.

Meredith’s career at Glenn could end any day now. The Bobcats begin play in the Piedmont Triad 4-A tournament tonight. A loss would mean the end for Meredith and the Bobcats. Looking back on his career, which began with him being selected all-conference as a freshman, Meredith said he has grown both mentally and physically. He cites having a supportive core around him as one of the keys to his success.

“When I think back on how far I’ve come at Glenn, I can say that I was able to be coached by some great coaches,” he said. “I’ve grown tremendously. I’ve matured and gotten stronger in the weight room and taken the mental steps to be successful. Baseball is 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical. I have learned how to approach baseball from that perspective. I tried to soak up everything that I have been exposed to.”

In addition to being a standout on the playing field in both football and baseball - he was also among the top receivers in the state this past season, amassing 889 yards receiving on 34 receptions (26.1 yards per catch) and 12 TD’s in eight games - Meredith has also been a standout in the classroom. He will graduate early next month with a 4.66 Grade-Point-Average and made all A’s during his high school career. Those attributes have played a part in making him a top prospect. Scouts have been plentiful around Glenn the past two years. Meredith’s family has hosted some 15 home visits from Major League Baseball Teams in the last year.

“They tried to leave me alone during the season, but they were here a lot during the winter,” he said. “They wanted to get to know me as a person, get to know my family and see my home environment. I understand that. They have a lot of money invested in the draft process.”

Meredith said although he’s looking forward to the baseball draft, he’s still focused on doing the things he’s always done to help Glenn win. He is hoping the Bobcats can get on a hot streak and use that as momentum to pull off the tournament upset.

“I think we have a good chance,” he said. “We started the season off pretty hot, winning our first seven games, then we hit a rut. We knocked off West Forsyth early in the season and they’re one of the top teams in the state. So, we’re pretty capable of it. I’m not going to change anything – I’m just going to sit through the process. As long as I can look at myself in the mirror and know I have done the best that I can to help my team I will feel good about it.”

As he looks toward the draft, Meredith said he’s come to a decision about his career.

“It (the draft) is looking good for me right now,” he said. “I would like to go ahead and start my professional career. I’ve met with my advisor and he said some good things. Hopefully I will go in the first three rounds and if that happens I most likely will go. There are a lot of details that will be negotiated out, but most likely I will sign.”

Meredith said his family has been his backbone – especially his father Tracy Meredith. The two have traveled thousands of miles in the family car since he began playing organized baseball at age four in a T-Ball league. During that journey Meredith said he’s watched his dad overcome illness and remained strong.

“I’ve seen my dad go through a lot,” he said. “He had Mucoid Mycosis, a serious disease and he actually coded in the hospital. But he beat that disease and then two or three years ago he beat prostate cancer. He continued to work and provide for his family during all of that. That has instilled something in me about hard work and determination. That has definitely added fuel to the fire. I’ve seen him do this for us and it makes me want to go out and compete and give everything I have to be successful. I treat academics the same way. Why should I settle for a B when I can put in the same extra effort to get a B?”

Speaking of academics, Meredith had already completed the academic requirements for graduation by the end of his junior year. He anticipated his senior season being hectic, so he said he has “cruised through” this year.

“I’ve had great teachers who have pushed me and been very supportive,” he said. “The administration has also been supportive.”

He missed six football games last fall because he was chosen to participate with USA Baseball in Texas. He also took time away from football to play in several key Impact Baseball events.

But that’s nothing new for Meredith. Meredith and his father have been frequent travelers over the past five years with his involvement with travel baseball.

“We’ve burned some miles over the last five years,” he said. “My dad and I are real close. Riding up and down the road from here to Florida we’ve spent a lot of time together. It’s never gotten tiring. I love traveling up and down the road, competing with the best of the best. It’s been a lot of fun and it’s been challenging. Everything about it has been fun - going to the showcase events, going to the USA Baseball in Houston. It’s an honor to be considered one of the best in the country. I have to continue to work hard and continue to improve. Knowing what lies ahead reinforces the whole thing. I have to keep working hard and keep pushing.”

Regardless of what happens in the baseball draft, Meredith said baseball will play a major role in his future. He’s signed a scholarship to play baseball at Clemson. If things should go south in the draft, Meredith will enroll for summer school, which begins on June 23.

“Clemson is a great, school,” he said. I knew that going into the recruiting process. It’s never gotten tiring. I love traveling up and down the road, competing with the best of the best, not just going to showcases. Overall, I can’t lose. Either I’m going to be a professional baseball player in the next couple of weeks or I am going to one of the best colleges in the country. I can’t take anything for granted though. I have to continue to work hard, continue to improve. Knowing that reinforces the whole thing, I have to keep working hard.

“It’s kind of weird,” he said. “But I am going to be the same Kier Meredith people have known from middle school.”