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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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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. Jul 24 - 9:27 AM

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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.
Jun 19 - 11:19 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.
Jun 14 - 10:38 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.
Jun 3 - 12:19 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.
May 29 - 10:16 AM

Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Friday that the team plans to limit Alex Meyer's pitch counts this season.

They want to let Meyer pitch the entire season without shutting him down, but will be very cognizant of his workload in each outing. Antony said that Meyer could wind up finishing the season in the bullpen. They'll undoubtedly play things cautiously with their prized young right-hander, so don't expect him to make a big impact in fantasy leagues this year.
May 16 - 7:50 PM

Twins right-handed pitching prospect Alex Meyer threw six shutout innings, allowing two hits, three walks, and one hit batsman while striking out 11 batters on Monday.

Batters in Triple-A are hitting .207/.303/.293 against Meyer, and his K/9 rate is up to 11.8. He is a likely candidate for promotion to Minnesota, but there has been no indication as to when he could get called up. The Twins are unlikely to compete in 2014 and Meyer only threw 78 1/3 innings in 2013, so he may get called up in June and shut down before the end of the season.
Apr 29 - 8:56 AM

Twins right-handed pitching prospect Alex Meyer struck out 11 while throwing 6 2/3 shutout innings on Wednesday, while allowing three hits (all singles) and three walks.

Meyer has a 3.48 ERA on the season, which, coupled with his 10.5 K/9 and 1.210 WHIP, make him a likely candidate for promotion to Minnesota. Kyle Gibson is the only Twins pitcher with an ERA below 5, and the team's ERA is 4.86. It is not apparent what Meyer needs to do to get called up, but he should be up by the middle of the season at the latest.
Apr 24 - 11:37 AM

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

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

In an interview with 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.
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.
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

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