Nationals prospect Alex Meyer will pitch in the Futures Game during the MLB all-star break in July, the annual showcase for the league’s top prospects . The Nationals took Meyer, a 6-foot-9, flame-throwing right-hander, with the 23rd overall pick in 2011 out of Kentucky.
At Class A Hagerstown, in his first professional season, Meyer has gone 6-3 with a 3.33 ERA over 70 1/3 innings in 14 starts. He has 77 strikeouts and 28 walks. In his last six starts, Meyer has a 1.69 ERA while striking out 33 batters in 32 innings. Meyer’s fastball can touch 100 miles per hour, which can be overwhelming in concert with his height.
Last year, Bryce Harper and Brad Peacock, whom the Nationals later traded to the Oakland A’s as part of the package for Gio Gonzalez, played in the Futures Game. In 2010 and 2009, Danny Espinosa appeared in the game.