Drafted: 1st Round, 23rd Overall 2011 First-Year Player Draft by the Washington Nationals out of the University of Kentucky.
- Baseball Reference
- Fan Graphs
- University of Kentucky
- MLB Draft Scouting Video
From MLB.com Draft Scouting Report:
"When Meyer was a high school prospect in Indiana three years ago, he was very much a raw thrower, a project with a long way to go. For the first two years at the University of Kentucky, he didn't really seem to develop much. And while he's still not a finished product, he has come a long way in his junior season, just in time for the Draft. The tall and lanky right-hander, who still has room for added weight and strength, has an outstanding combination of two plus pitches, with his fastball and slider. He'll get the fastball up to 96-97 mph, with some tail to the inner half of the plate. His power slider comes in at 86-88 mph, and it's a nasty pitch. In the past, he's had serious command issues. He's certainly not impeccable, but he has been getting ahead of hitters more consistently and shown fringy average command overall. He also started throwing an 85-mph changeup. It lags behind the other two, but it could be Major League average, a usable pitch, for sure. Meyer was coming on strong at the right time, and if that offspeed pitch continues to develop, he has the chance to be a top-of-the-rotation-type starter, and that should have many teams, particularly those in the second half of the first round, taking a long look at him."Videos:
Alex Meyer (RHP) Kentucky (thanks to YouTube user prospectjunkies):
Alex Meyer of the Kentucky Wildcats (thanks to YouTube user farmsystem):
Clips from a start against Vanderbilt (thanks to YouTube user 5ToolTalk):
- June 6/2011: Nats go with college arm Meyer at No. 23, by Bill Ladson @ MLB.com.
- June 6/2011: Nats' brass giddy over team's haul on Day One of MLB Draft, by Dave Shenin @ WashingtonPost.com.
- June 7/2011: John Wall is friends with Nats draft pick Alex Meyer, by Dan Steinberg @ WashingtonPost.com.