Max Meyer
22-Year-Old PitcherP
Miami Marlins AA
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Meyer's 70-grade slider was the best pitch in last year's draft, and his upper-90s fastball (which touches 100) might have been the second best pitch in the class, which led to Miami selecting him third overall. His slider gets up into the low-90s and has devastating late movement out of the zone. His third-pitch changeup is improving and will inevitably play up due to how exceptional his top two pitches are. The University of Minnesota product worked as the closer as a freshman and transitioned to the rotation in 2019, so he does not have the mileage on his arm of a typical premium college pitcher. A good athlete with a low-effort delivery, Meyer had a 6.6 percent walk rate over the last two seasons, so he has a lot of starter traits. His 6-foot, 185-pound frame is a slight knock, but the main question is whether he can hold up under a starter's workload. He faired well at the alternate training site. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $6.7 million contract with the Marlins in July of 2020.
Dazzles in pro debut
PMiami Marlins  AA
May 6, 2021
Meyer allowed one hit and one walk over five scoreless innings while striking out five to record the win for Double-A Pensacola on Wednesday.
Seeing his first game action since his final college start in March 2020, the third overall pick in that year's draft showed absolutely no rust, as Meyer dominated a Mississippi lineup that included top Atlanta prospects Braden Shewmake and Shea Langeliers. He fired 42 of 65 pitches for strikes in an efficient outing, peppering the strike zone with his plus fastball and slider. If Meyer keeps delivering starts like this, a promotion to Triple-A could follow in short order. A 2021 big-league debut in the bullpen isn't even out of the question if the Marlins are hunting for a playoff spot down the stretch and need reinforcements, but the organization is likely to keep a very close eye on his workload due to the long layoff.
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Won't see game action this spring
PMiami Marlins  AA
March 5, 2021
Meyer won't see any Grapefruit League action this spring even though he's in big-league camp, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports. "We don't want Max coming over to a game and trying to throw 100," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Thursday. "We want him to get ready to pitch this season, continue his development, and we think there's a real risk with those young guys kind of trying to impress and doing too much too early. It's a danger in camp and that's something we're gonna stay away from."
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Joining big-league camp
PMiami Marlins  AA
February 8, 2021
Meyer will join the Marlins' big-league camp this spring.
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Signs, gets 60-man spot
PMiami Marlins  AA
July 2, 2020
The Marlins officially signed Meyer on Thursday and added him to their 60-man roster pool. His contract includes a $6.7 million signing bonus, per Jim Callis of
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Will have spot on 60-man roster
PMiami Marlins  AA
June 29, 2020
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Monday that Meyer will be included in the team's 60-man roster pool once he signs with Miami, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Deal already in place
PMiami Marlins  AA
June 11, 2020
Meyer has already agreed to a contract with the Marlins pending his physical, although terms have not yet been disclosed, Joe Frisaro of reports.
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