As teams begin to migrate south for the next couple months to begin Spring Training, it gives them a chance to evaluate where their current big league team is and also how some of their most promising minor leaguers are doing. For the Minnesota Twins, they’ll get a good look at their top pitching prospect, Alex Meyer.
Meyer was originally drafted by the Washington Nationals in the first-round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft. He made his way to Minnesota via a trade that sent outfielder Denard Span to Washington in exchange for the young pitcher. It was fair trade as the Nationals got the center fielder they needed and Minnesota acquired a very talented prospect with a bright future.
The Twins got to see how good their newest prospect was right away in 2013 as he was invited to Spring Training. In five innings of work spanning two outings, he gave up just one hit, no runs and struck out three. In 13 starts at double-A in 2013, he posted a 4-3 record with a 3.21 ERA and 84 strikeouts.
While Meyer isn’t expected to make the big-league roster in Spring Training, he’s certainly the most intriguing pitching invitee that will be there. He’ll stick out as he stands 6-foot-9 and 220-pounds, but he’s got great stuff as well. Expect him to live up to the billing as the Twins’ top pitching prospect.
In seven starts in the Arizona Fall League this past year, Meyer went 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA. He also struck out 28 while walking just seven. This spring, I see no reason why he can’t produce similar numbers and have a good showing.
Twins fans as well as Ron Gardenhire and Terry Ryan will get a good look at their top pitching prospect. Last year he did well. A year later, expect him to be even better and put on a show on the mound during Spring Training.