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Scouting Report: Alex Meyer, RHP, Kentucky (2011 Draft)

April 5, 2011

Alex Meyer is a tall, right-hander who throws hard. When I saw him, he had absolutely no idea where the ball was going. He seems to have improved in 2011, but we’ll see what direction he takes as a pro. Overall, he has a great arm, but his secondary stuff and ability to command the strike zone and change speeds with consistently good mechanics significantly trails other starting pitchers in this draft. To me, he’ll be just another hard-throwing guy in pro ball who will walk to the big leagues based on his velocity. But what he does when he gets there will be a direct result of what he hasn’t shown in college.

Alex Meyer, RHS
6-9, 220
Games Seen: 1, Innings 5 (2010)

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Tall and lanky with projected physical development, high hips and short arms.

ABILITIES: Live arm, FB 91-95, comfortable 94-96 with giddyup late in the strike zone. CB 82-84, mostly 84, tight rotation and bite. Occasional straight CHG, 79. Fair Delivery, ¾ slot.

WEAKNESSES: Erratic command and control caused by inconsistent balance, weight distribution, separation and landings. Threw upright in this outing. Places lots of stress on elbow and back.  Below-average command and control in this look, poor-quality strikes with all pitches.

SUMMARY: Potential middle-rotation starter with plus arm and below-average pitchability may be better suited for lockdown bullpen role. 

GRADES: FB 7/7, CB 5/6, CHG 4/5, Command 4/4, Control 4/4. OFP Range = 52-55

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