Max Meyer

23-Year-Old PitcherSP
Miami Marlins AAA
7-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 6/1/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Meyer was excellent in his pro debut, logging a 2.27 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 130:42 K:BB in 111 innings, with 20 starts coming at Double-A and two starts at Triple-A. His groundball rate was around 50% and his strikeout rate improved as the season went on -- he struck out 72 batters in 51 innings over his final 10 starts. His low-to-mid-90s fastball and diving slider remain plus pitches, but he didn't take any steps forward with his third-pitch changeup, which is mildly disappointing. His command/control remain solid, but not much better than when he was drafted third overall in 2020. It's kind of a conundrum with Meyer, because he performed very well statistically while getting thrown in the deep end for his pro debut, but the scouting reports are slightly less glowing than they were a year ago. If he can put in some work this offseason and in spring training to make minor improvements across the board, Meyer could take a step forward as a potential No. 2 starter, but as things stand, he's got the command and wipeout slider to perform as a mid-rotation arm in a year or two. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $6.7 million contract with the Marlins in July of 2020.
Hits injured list with nerve issue
PMiami Marlins  AAA
Elbow
May 19, 2022
Meyer was placed on the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Jacksonville on Thursday with ulnar nerve irritation, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
ANALYSIS
Meyer appears to be closing in on his major-league debut before two poor outings in the last week, but he won't get that opportunity in the immediate future. While any arm issue is potentially quite worrisome for a pitcher, the Marlins don't appear to be too concerned at this stage. The injury isn't thought to be particularly serious, as he'll skip just one start before being re-evaluated.
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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.
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Could get look in Marlins rotation
PMiami Marlins  AAA
May 5, 2022
Meyer could be promoted to join the big-league rotation in the near future, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.
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Lasts into seventh inning Saturday
PMiami Marlins  AAA
May 2, 2022
Meyer gave up one run on six hits and one walk over 6.2 innings Saturday for Triple-A Jacksonville in a win over Charlotte. He struck out six.
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Fans seven in scoreless outing
PMiami Marlins  AAA
April 22, 2022
Meyer tossed 5.2 scoreless innings against Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out seven.
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Leaves Tuesday's start
PMiami Marlins  AAA
Calf
April 12, 2022
Meyer exited his start with Triple-A Jacksonville on Tuesday with a calf cramp, freelance reporter David Fernandez reports.
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Moves to minor-league camp
PMiami Marlins  AAA
April 1, 2022
Meyer was reassigned to the Marlins' minor-league spring training Friday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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