Meyer, 23, was originally drafted in the 20th round back in 2008 by the Boston Red Sox but chose to go to Kentucky to play college ball. He was taken again in 2011 as the 23rd overall pick by the Washington Nationals. The Twinkies acquired him over the winter in the trade that sent Denard Span to the nation's capital. Last year at Single-A Hagerstown and Potomac, Meyer combined to fan 139 in 129 innings while going 10-6 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.101 WHIP.
This tall drink of water (6-foot-9, 220 pounds) is a power pitcher. Go figure.... Because of his high-90s fastball and much improved K-inducing slider, Meyer has excellent upside as a strikeout artist at the major league level. However, because of his long and large frame, consistent mechanics and control have eluded him so far. A three-quarters arm slot probably doesn't help matters. The upside here is palpable, though, and he could be a beast that carries a rotation with the right seasoning.
Minnesota might be the perfect place for him, oddly enough. While they aren't particularly known for grooming strikeout specialists, their reputation for developing quality arms shouldn't be overlooked. This could work in his favor to help refine his raw mechanical and command profile. In the end, Meyer could easily wind up becoming a staff ace; it just might take a few more seasons to get him there.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program. Follow @keithdez27
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