KANSAS CITY – Alex Meyer did not get his turn to pitch in the Futures Game until the eighth inning, when USA led the World by 12 runs. He waited and waited, and he only threw six pitches, but Meyer packed into his impressive performance all the reasons why he is considered the Nationals’ top pitching prospect.
Meyer, a 22-year-old who has a 3.22 ERA at Class A Hagerstown in his first professional season, retired both batters he faced, a groundout and a strikeout. Meyer, a 6-foot-9 right-hander, hit 98 miles per hour with most fastballs he threw, and he topped out at 99. He reached his maximum velocity pitching before a major league stadium and on national television.
Meyer threw one pitch to the first batter he faced, Class A Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts, who rolled a grounder to shortstop. Meyer then showed the consistently issues he needs to tame, flying open in his delivery as he fell behind Class A White Sox prospect Carlos Sanchez 2-1. But he fought back and then struck out Sanchez with a wicked, 87-mph 2-2 slider.
He ended his brief, impressive outing by handing the ball to Hall of Famer George Brett, who managed the USA team.
We’ll have more on Meyer, both his season and his experience here, later on.