By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
May 15, 2012
The last time I saw Jon Meyer, he was hitting after a Simi Valley High game for about 30 scouts back in the days when (ahem) “private” workouts were legal. Ah, I miss the good old days, but nowadays what the CIF doesn’t know won’t kill them.
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I think Meyer is going to make it. He’s strong and he’s grown taller and really filled out since high school. He was a switch-hitter back in the day, but he’s thrown that out and gone exclusively to his natural right-handed side. Meyer is a straight-away hitter with the ability to put the ball in play. He can handle the good fastball. I envision gap power from him. His arm is smooth, strong and accurate, enough for third or right. He’s a solid average runner, a max effort guy, but he won’t clog. Meyer has good at-bats for a guy in A-ball, the land where many young players give away at-bats like beers on dollar beer night. He does things the Astros will like – work counts, see pitches and like the better major league hitters, Meyer will be a guy with the bat control to just flick foul pitches that won’t do him any good. I don’t think I’ll see major power, but I bet I can see fringy 40-45 power and corner versatility. Like I said back in high school, that doesn’t make him a flashy tools guy.
But it makes him a skills guy, who has enough offensive and defensive veratility value to not be dead weight on a bench. He ain’t no career DH. This guy will have value. I bet that will make him too fringy for some clubs, but this is what a good National League bench player looks like, and I have been to this rodeo enough times to know every big league ballcub needs guys like this. I also know guys like this, who have “just enough,” paired with great instincts, work ethic and instincts, also find ways to play above their basic scouting physical grades and become everyday major leaguers. It might take a while for Meyer, 21, but don’t write him off somebody’s starting nine much less the 25-man quite yet. I do know this — of the infielders on his club in Lancaster, this is the guy I want.