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Alex Meyer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Alex Meyer will open the 2014 season at Triple-A Rochester.
The 24-year-old right-handed pitcher missed part of the 2013 season with a shoulder injury, but still put together an impressive campaign at Double-A New Britain, with a 3.21 ERA and 84-29 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 70 innings (13 starts). As long as he can stay healthy this year, the 6'9" Meyer may not be long for the minor leagues this season, especially given the lack of high-upside options in the Twins' starting rotation. Apr 2 - 10:54 AM

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Alex Meyer said Sunday that his goal is to make his MLB debut with the Twins during the 2014 season.

In an interview with MLB.com he said "That's obviously the goal. If I just go out there and do my job and get guys out, and get myself in that position, that's all I can do." While he's a longshot to crack the rotation out of spring training, the towering right-hander should get his wish during the first half of the season with the uninspiring options occupying the back-half of the Twins rotation.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 23 - 4:58 PM

Alex Meyer has been invited to major league camp.

Meyer is doubtful to open the 2014 season in the bigs, but the Twins want him to work with his future teammates and coaches and get him some early action in Grapefruit League games. Meyer registered a 2.99 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings last summer between the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Double-A Eastern League.
Jan 9 - 12:16 PM

Mel Antonen of MLB Network Radio reports that Twins prospect Alex Meyer believes his changeup improved while participating in the Arizona Fall League.

Meyer noted that competing against the unbelievable competition in the showcase for top young talent made him an even better pitcher. The 23-year-old right-hander doesn't have much left to prove at the minor league level and could crack the Twins rotation as early as June when the Super-2 deadline passes.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 10:17:00 PM

Twins prospect Alex Meyer dazzled again during Friday's victory over Scottsdale in Arizona Fall League action, allowing just one hit over 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

A one-out double by Addison Maruszak in the sixth broke up Meyer's bid for a no-hitter. The 23-year-old right-hander surrendered just that one hit and walked one while fanning seven on the evening. He now sports a tidy 2.74 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 25/6 K/BB ratio through 23 innings on the Fall season. Fantasy owners in re-draft leagues need to pay attention here. It won't be surprising to see him crack the Twins rotation in early June once the Super-2 deadline passes, and he should immediately possess mixed league relevancy.
Source: MILB.com
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 08:56:00 AM

Twins prospect RHP Alex Meyer (shoulder) was dominant in his rehab outing on Monday, allowing two hits with nine strikeouts over 3 2/3 scoreless innings for the Twins' affiliate in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

The 23-year-old has now posted a 1.08 ERA and 16/3 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings (three starts) while rehabbing in the GCL. The right-hander was off to an excellent start this season (his first with the Twins) with a 3.69 ERA and 73/27 K/BB ratio in 61 innings before landing on the disabled list in early June with a shoulder strain. Assuming the injury isn't an issue moving forward, Meyer should get his first crack at the Twins' starting rotation during the 2014 season.
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 12:56:00 PM

Twins prospect RHP Alex Meyer (shoulder) has allowed one earned run on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts between two rehab starts with the team's affiliate in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

The 23-year-old landed on the disabled list in early June with a sore right shoulder and is now slowly working his way back. Acquired from the Nationals during the offseason in exchange for Denard Span, Meyer was expected to move through the Twins' system quickly after he posted an excellent 2.86 ERA and 139/45 K/BB ratio over 129 innings last season between Low-A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac. Prior to the shoulder injury, the right-hander had registered a 3.69 ERA and 73/27 K/BB ratio in 61 innings for Double-A New Britain. So long as he can stay healthy, Meyer should join the Twins' starting rotation at some point during the 2014 season.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 12:52:00 PM

Agent Scott Boras said Monday that his client, Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer (shoulder), will return before the end of the minor league season.

"I spoke to (general manager) Terry (Ryan) about Alex," Boras said. "They're doing the appropriate things, examining him, resting him. We have not heard anything that suggests that he wouldn't be back (by season's end)." Meyer doesn't have any structural damage in his shoulder, but the Twins are understandably taking things slowly with the top prospect. He's been out since early June.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 08:52:00 PM

Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer (shoulder) will travel to the team's spring training complex this weekend to begin rehab work.

Meyer has been shut down since early June due to a sore right shoulder, but he was examined by Twins' doctors Thursday and they were pleased with his progress. He should rejoin Double-A New Britain's rotation sometime next month.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 09:10:00 AM

Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer has been placed on Double-A New Britain's disabled list due to a shoulder strain.

The Twins don't consider the injury to be serious, but obviously they'll take a cautious approach with one of their top pitching prospects. Meyer has pitched well this season at New Britain, posting a 3.69 ERA with 73 strikeouts over 61 innings.
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 02:53:00 PM

Alex Meyer came out of the pen to pitch three scoreless innings and strike out three in the Twins' defeat of the Pirates on Saturday.

Meyer walked no one, though he did hit a batter. The 2011 first-round pick of the Nationals is likely to open 2013 at Double-A, but he might make his major league debut come June or July. Much of that will depend on how the Twins' veteran pitchers fare.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 05:09:00 PM

Twins acquired RHP Alex Meyer from the Nationals for OF Denard Span.

Meyer, the No. 23 overall pick in 2011, posted an excellent 2.86 ERA and 139/45 K/BB ratio over 129 innings this season between Class A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac. Checking in at 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, the 22-year-old right-hander sits in the mid-90s with his fastball and has a power slider. It will help to see him against more advanced competition, but he could be an impact starter if things break right. Parting with Span means that Ben Revere will be the everyday center fielder for the Twins moving forward.
Thu, Nov 29, 2012 04:46:00 PM

Nationals agreed to terms with first-round pick RHP Alex Meyer.

Meyer, the 23rd overall selection in June, was handed a $2 million signing bonus. He struck out 110 batters in 101 innings this past season for the Kentucky Wildcats and carries the build of a potential ace.
Tue, Aug 16, 2011 12:41:00 AM

Nationals picked Kentucky right-hander Alex Meyer with the 23rd pick in Monday's draft.

The lanky 21-year-old posted a 2.94 ERA and struck out 110 batters in 101 innings this season for Kentucky. Meyer is still quite raw, but he throws a high-90s fastball and has the stuff and build of a potential ace. Another nice selection for the Nats.
Mon, Jun 6, 2011 11:07:00 PM

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