This baseball off season there are plenty of moves to be made. Headliners include who is going to pay Texas Rangers star slugger Josh Hamilton, if the New York Yankees plan to trade Alex Rodriguez — or if any team wants him, and how the Boston Red Sox will rebound with a new manager.
Thursday afternoon saw two smaller-profile teams striking a deal that sent former Kentucky pitcher Alex Meyer from Washington to Minnesota.
This story is from KSR College writer David Mulloy who covers the Kentucky baseball team for the site. Stuart Hammer contributed.
Alex Meyer’s baseball career just hit the express lane to the majors after the Washington Nationals traded him to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Denard Span. Meyer was the Nationals No. 2 prospect and rated No. 50 in all of baseball. The team drafted Meyer in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft with the 23rd overall pick.
In his first professional season, Meyer split time between Class-A Hagerstown Sun and Advanced-A Potomac Nationals, notching an overall record of 10-6 in 25 starts with a 2.86 ERA and 139 strikeouts.
At Kentucky, Meyer pitched three seasons with a career record of 13-12 and a 4.72 ERA but had a breakout junior season, earning a 7-5 record in 14 starts with a 2.94 ERA and 110 strikeouts.
Now that Meyer is clear of the pitching log jam that was ahead of him in the Nationals organization, it is conceivable that he could make his major league debut next fall as part of the rebuilding Twins’ 40 man roster. It seems likely he could be on the club’s opening day roster by 2014.
“It caught me off guard, but I’m really excited about it,” Meyer told MLB.com by phone after the deal was done. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for me. I’m thankful for what the Nationals helped me out with. I’m looking forward to getting ready for Spring Training with the Twins.”
The Twins first priority this off season is acquiring pitching, and with a 97-mph fastball and a slider in the upper-80’s, Meyer becomes the Twins No. 3 prospect. He is expected to start next season with Double-A New Britain.