We’re kicking off this week’s draft coverage with another scouting report in the 2020 MLB Draft Scouting Report series, this time looking at Minnesota right-handed pitcher Max Meyer. He’s currently rated as the #10 prospect in the draft by Baseball America, #13 rated prospect in the draft by Fangraphs, and #9 in the draft by MLB Pipeline.

The 2018 Season

The Minnesota Twins selected Max Meyer in the 34th round of the 2017 draft. The right-handed pitcher and left-handed hitter chose to head to the University of Minnesota instead of sign and started his career in the Golden Gophers bullpen. As a freshman in 2018 he appeared in 26 games – all as a reliever – and posted a 2.27 ERA along with picking up 16 saves. He struck out 54 batters in 43.2 innings while not allowing a home run, walking just 13 batters, and allowing just 25 hits. He dominated on the mound. At the plate he was limited, getting just 37 plate appearances and hitting just .167 with a double and four walks.

The 2019 Season

During the 2019 season, Max Meyer transitioned into the rotation where he made 11 starts after having five relief appearances. His numbers improved, mostly, from the year before. He threw 76.2 innings with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. He also picked up two saves on the season. Meyer struck out 87 of the 314 batters that he faced and walked just 20 of them while giving up five homers.

At the plate he saw more action than he did as a freshman. The power still didn’t show up, hitting just one home run in 137 plate appearances. But he did pick up 31 hits, allowing him to hit .256 on the season. He also had four doubles and nine walks.

The 2020 Season

Things had gone well for Max Meyer to begin the 2020 campaign. He made four starts for Minnesota early in the spring, allowing just six runs in 27.2 innings – good for a 1.95 ERA. He also struck out 46 of the 110 batters he faced in that stretch with just eight walks. Like the rest of the college baseball world, though, his season came to an abrupt end shortly after it began. At the plate he was hitting just .185, going 5-27 on the year with a double and a walk.

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Max Meyer Scouting Report

Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 185 lbs.

Bats: Right | Throws: Right

Position(s): Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

Max Meyer was a part-time position player while at Minnesota, but he stood out on the mound for the Gophers. His fastball has plus velocity, working in the mid-90’s and topping out at 101 MPH this past season. There’s arm strength for days with Meyer, and it’s not just showing from the fastball. His slider also grades out as plus, and it’s a pitch that works in the 88-92 MPH range. Meyer also has a change up that has improved while he’s been at Minnesota and now will flash itself as an above-average offering. From a pure stuff perspective, Meyer may have the best arsenal in the entire draft with two plus to plus-plus offerings. And he’s been able to show that stuff off while also throw plenty of strikes throughout his career.

Where the concern could be

Max Meyer is not built like your prototypical pitcher. He’s just 6′ 0″ and 185 lbs. That’s not exactly the size you look for from starters. And he ‘s only made 15 starts in his college career, giving scouts a limited look at how well he can hold up as a starting pitcher. Still, the size is the only real concern on his resume.

2 Responses

  1. BK

    So how big of deal is his size?

    Mike Leake is only listed as 5’10”, 170 pounds. He’s a terrific athlete, closing in on 300 starts and 2,000 innings now–lacks dominating stuff, but his body has been more than up to the task.

    Doug mentioned Tim Lincecum as a size comp, yesterday. 5’11”, 170 pounds. He had a run of brilliant years before fading in the latter half of his career. Still, nearly 20 bWAR and close to 1,700 innings.

    I would love to see Meyer available when the Reds pick.

  2. SultanofSwaff

    Meyer looks more like a reliever to me…..certainly needs to clean up his front side mechanics to increase repeatability but the tools are there.