Monday, April 18, 2011

2011 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Alex Meyer - RHP - Kentucky


2011 MLB Draft Prospect: Alex Meyer - RHP - Kentucky. 6'9" 220. Class: Junior. DOB: 1.3.90. Last Drafted: 2008 - Red Sox (20th Round).


Scouted: Niagara Purple Eagles @ Kentucky Wildcats 3.12.11 (In Person)


Regarded as the 25th best draft prospect in the 2008 draft by Baseball America as a prep star in Indiana, Meyer's strong commitment to Kentucky and the fact that he was advised by the Boras Corp caused him to slide to Boston in the 20th round. Meyer would later pass on an alleged $2 Million signing bonus to go to school.


During his time in Lexington, Meyer has been less than spectacular. Though he's posted K/9 ratios of 12.1 and 11.1 in his first two years in college, he also posted BB/9 ratios of 6.8 and 6.4 during that same span.


I had hoped that Meyer could be the Matt Harvey of this year's class, another highly regarded prep star who struggled through his first two years of school. Harvey turned into an ace and top 10 pick in 2010 (Mets 7th overall) and while Meyer has not been as bad as he was in '09 and '10, he's been madly inconsistent.


Though I may have witnessed the best outing of his career, a complete game shutout where he yielded just 5 hits, 2 walks while posting a career high 13 strikeouts, I didn't come away overly impressed as Meyer lacks the polish of his draft class peers.


Statistics *through 4.17.11


Year

Class

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

2008

Fr.

1-4

5.73

13

1

59.2

53

80

45

2009

So.

5-3

7.06

12

0

51.0

59

63

36

2010

Jr.

3-5

3.59

9

0

62.2

54

71

32



It's important to note that getting one live look at a player doesn't provide nearly enough information to produce a true scouting report, but that's not going to stop me from giving you my report anyway.


REPERTOIRE:


Fastball: Meyer made a name for himself with his fastball and it's still a power pitch. He sits in the low 90s and he can run it as high as 96. Meyer lacks command of this, and any pitch.


Curveball: The curveball possesses the potential to develop into a plus pitch and Meyer has the confidence to throw it in any count, confidence that he has not earned. He started several hitters off with a weaker get me over offering up in the zone then later he'd finish off the same hitter with a tighter swing and miss version of the pitch in the dirt.


Changeup: Meyer didn't throw, nor did he need many changeups ageist Niagara and the times he did throw it he held the pitch too long missing his release point and causing the pitch to skip.


DELIVERY


Though he possess rare athleticism for a big man, Meyer doesn't follow through on any pitch. When you're 6 foot 9 and you don't bend your back your ball is going to sail up and out of the strike zone and Meyer's balls have so much sailing experience he could actually tell you the difference between starboard and port. Wow, that was bad. Though his high finish turns me off of his delivery, he does a decent job of repeating said delivery which is encouraging. Because of this, a good professional pitching coach may be able to turn him into a strike thrower. When throwing from the stretch, he's a little too deliberate to home plate consistently posting times in the 1.4-1.6 second range making him someone that teams will run on unless he can cut that down.


FUTURE


When Meyer opted not to sign in 2008 he looked like a possible #1 overall pick in the 2011 draft. That's clearly out of the question now as his warts have been exposed during his collegiate career, but on God given talent alone he still could find himself off the board in the first round.



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