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Alex Meyer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Twins optioned RHP Alex Meyer to Triple-A Rochester.
One of the club's top pitching prospects, Meyer allowed just one run but walked seven over 5 2/3 Grapefruit League innings. The big right-hander has had some shoulder issues over the last year but could wind up spending ample time in the Twins' rotation this season provided he's healthy. Mar 20 - 12:41 PM

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Alex Meyer walked four while giving up one run in two innings Thursday against the Rays.

It's the first run Meyer has allowed in 5 2/3 innings this spring, but he's up to seven walks. All signs point to him returning to Triple-A Rochester's rotation to begin the season.
Mar 19 - 5:06 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Saturday that Alex Meyer was unlikely to crack the Twnis bullpen on Opening Day.

When asked about it, Molitor quipped "I would say the odds on that are pretty long — pretty long." While Meyer has indicated that he'll work in whatever role is best for the team, it makes much more sense to keep him stretched out as a starter. He's likely to make his big league debut at some point during the 2015 season.
Mar 14 - 2:16 PM

Alex Meyer pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings Monday in his spring debut, walking two Pirates hitters along the way.

Meyer missed a couple of days of camp last month following the death of his grandfather. He'd seem to be a long shot to break camp with the Twins, but he almost certainly will finally make his major league debut at some point during the season. It'd sure help his chances if he could cut down on the walks.
Mar 9 - 4:31 PM

Alex Meyer will leave Twins' camp following the death of his grandfather.

Meyer will miss two workouts and should be back in a few days. The 25-year-old right-hander is one of the Twins' top prospects and should make his major league debut this year.
Feb 25 - 1:12 PM

Alex Meyer has admitted to being open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen if it's in the best interest of the Twins.

Meyer is expected to compete for a rotation spot this spring, and his future in the organization is still as a starter, but if he doesn't win a spot he could still help the team in a spot starter/long relief role.
Jan 25 - 5:31 PM

Twins purchased the contract of RHP Alex Meyer from Triple-A Rochester.

Meyer is now on the Twins' 40-man roster and thus protected from December's Rule 5 Draft. The 24-year-old right-hander registered a 3.52 ERA and 153/64 K/BB ratio in 130 1/3 innings this past season at the Triple-A level. He should make his MLB debut in early 2015.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 12:15:00 PM

Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer does not have any structural damage in his right shoulder.

Meyer had to make an early exit from his final start of the season with discomfort in his throwing shoulder, but it was merely inflammation. The 24-year-old right-hander spent all of 2014 at Triple-A Rochester, where he registered a 3.52 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 153/64 K/BB ratio in 130 1/3 innings. He's likely to make his MLB debut in early 2015.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 12:51:00 PM

Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer has been placed on Triple-A Rochester's disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation.

Meyer had to exit Saturday's start due to the injury. The Twins have indicated to this point that the ailment isn't serious, but it's worrisome after the righty's shoulder issues last season. It's not clear whether Meyer will be sent for an MRI.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer was lifted from his start at Triple-A Rochester on Saturday after just 1 1/3 innings because he "couldn't get loose."

Meyer's fastball was sitting around 90 mph rather than its usual 95+ mph. It's a bit worrisome after last year's shoulder issues, but the Twins insist that Meyer's removal was precautionary. However, this should eliminate the chances of him seeing a promotion in September. Meyer's season ends with a 3.52 ERA and an International League-leading 153 strikeouts over 130 1/3 innings.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 09:34:00 AM

Twins prospect right-hander Alex Meyer struck out eight batters over six shutout innings for Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, scattering five singles.

Meyer has been solid all year, and has pitched exactly six innings in each of his last five starts. Meyer missed time with a shoulder injury in 2013, and has thrown 101 1/3 innings in 2014, 22 more innings than he threw last year. The Twins will likely begin to decrease the frequency of his starts and place additional restrictions on his pitch counts in an attempt to keep him healthy long term.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 09:27:00 AM

Twins right-handed pitching prospect needed 78 pitches to complete three shutout innings on Wednesday, allowing two singles, two walks, and one hit batsman while striking out four batters.

Meyer threw 48 of his 78 pitches for strikes (61.5 percent), so he was able to find the zone and was not hit especially hard. He has 67 2/3 innings pitched this season, which is nearly as many as the 70 he threw last year. The Twins are going to manage his innings to prevent an injury due to overuse.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 11:19:00 AM

Twins right-handed pitching prospect Alex Meyer lasted only two innings for Triple-A Rochester on Friday, allowing five hits, two walks, and one hit batsman while allowing three runs.

Meyer only struck out one batter for the night and was given the quick hook. Meyer has the potential to be a solid No. 2/3 starter, but is prone to the occasional poor outing and only threw 70 innings in 2013, so the Twins may hold him back to build up his arm strength.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 10:38:00 AM

Twins right-handed pitching prospect Alex Meyer struggled for Triple-A Rochester, allowing four runs through seven hits, one walk, and one hit batsman on Monday.

After two consecutive good outings, Meyer put up a clunker as the Super 2 deadline is coming close to being passed. With the recent promotions of Jonathan Singleton and Oscar Taveras, Meyer could get promoted soon. Even though Meyer struggled, it is good to see that he has kept his walks in check in 2014, which is a good harbinger.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 12:19:00 PM

Twins right-handed pitching prospect Alex Meyer went six innings for Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, striking out eight batters while allowing three hits and three walks.

Meyer has bounced back from two consecutive rough outings in early May to put up a 1.10 ERA and a 1.102 WHIP in 16 1/3 innings over his last three starts. He is next in line for a promotion to the major leagues, and could put up big strikeout numbers when he is called up. He has struggled with his command throughout his minor league career, but maybe that'll change.
Thu, May 29, 2014 10:16:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
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2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Oswaldo Arcia
CF1Jordan Schafer
RF1Torii Hunter
2Shane Robinson
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Tommy Milone
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Tim Stauffer
5Blaine Boyer
6Mike Pelfrey
7J.R. Graham
8Aaron Thompson
9Caleb Thielbar