24-Year-Old Pitcher – Minnesota Twins
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Meyer enters 2014 as Minnesota's top pitching prospect and could contend for a big league job early next season. A 2011 first-round draft pick traded to Minnesota for Denard Span before last season, M...
Meyer threw 6.2 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts and three walks in Wednesday's start for Triple-A Rochester. He threw 15 changeups, and the Twins are encouraged by the development of his offspeed pitches. "I think he's really getting comfortable and confident with that grip," Eric Rasmussen, the Twins' minor-league pitching coordinator, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I think he's going to break that out."
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Minnesota Twins Roster
MajorsArcia, Oswaldo (OF)
AAABeresford, James (SS)
AABaxendale, D.J. (P)
A+Bard, Luke (P)
ABerrios, Jose (P)
RookieBarrie, Jack (1B)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The 2011 first-round pick can certainly look the part of a future ace, hitting the high-90s with his fastball, flashing a plus slider and showing improvement with his changeup since he left college. His mechanics are still all over the place, which is no surprise for a kid who is 6-foot-9. Until he develops some consistency with his delivery, it is hard to even project him as a useful bullpen arm in the majors. He is a high-risk, high-reward type, and while an offseason trade to the Twins gives him a clearer path to the majors than he had in Washington, Meyer is not someone you should count on to make a quick impact. He'll likely begin the season at Double-A New Britain and could figure into Minnesota's plans in 2014.
Meyer was a first-round pick (23rd overall) in 2011 for the Nationals. At 6-foot-9, he has a lot of moving parts to his delivery, but he features a fastball that clocks in routinely from 93-96 mph and some scouts have seen him top out at 99 mph. He also features a strong slider (84-87 mph), and change-up that is a work in progress. Command continues to be a problem, but there is no doubt that Meyer has front of the rotation kind of stuff if he can limit the free passes.