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    I had the opportunity to watch the Rochester Red Wings' last 3 games (the double header last night and this afternoon's game) in my back yard against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs over the weekend. My list of must-dos were to see whether Alex Meyer was as good as he was this spring, in real game situations and to see what Eduardo Nunez was all about. Happily to say, I have done that and more and I am ready to share.

    Speaking about sharing, on the first leg of the doubleheader last night, the IronPigs wore their new bacon uniforms, so here is a shot of them.



    If you look closely, the bacon strip on the hat spells "IronPigs" in a Salvador Dali-like script.


    Back to the Twins: Little known fact, but Alex Meyer is doing a variety of resistance exercises on his shoulder for a good 20 minutes before he goes to the pen to warm up.


    I guess that loosens the shoulder



    In this game Meyer showed why he is the Twins' number 3 overall prospect and the Twins' top prospect who is playing the game right now. His fastball sat all night between 94 and 96 mph, touching as high as 97 and as low as 92, and was a ball he threw all over the zone. Inside and out and up and down. If being a batter trying to catch up to a 97 mph inside FB after swinging at a 94 mph outside FB was not enough, Meyer's best pitch is not his fastball that has a wicked downward motion and it is very hard to lift. Arguably, his fastball is his third best pitch. He is using his FB to set up a knee buckling high 70s curve (his best pitch by far) and a low to mid 80s changeup with a tailing motion. These two are his out pitches. He also has a slurvy slider in mid to upper 80s, which is an average pitch at this point. So we are talking about a repertoire of 3 plus pitches (with at least the curve being plus plus) and an average and improving pitch. All a batter can do at this point is to put the bat down in the zone and pray contact is made and there is a bloop or an error on the other end. And that was what happened yesterday. A couple of bloops, a couple errors by Deibinson Romero and a couple soft singles down the middle amidst a bunch of broken bats, soft grounders and strikeouts.

    Here are pictorials on the velocities that Meyer operates within (radar readings upper right corner) :




    Those were: Fastball, Slider, Change up, Curve, Curve. And his fastest fastball clocked at 97, while his slowest curve at 78. This is a good 20 mph or so range and he held that range throughout the game.

    By far, he has the best stuff in the Twins' organization and definitely top of the rotation potential.

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch

    Next: Eduardo Nunez.
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Great report on Meyer and bacon on a baseball uniform must be an awful experience for any player.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by kab21 View Post
      Great report on Meyer and bacon on a baseball uniform must be an awful experience for any player.
      I guess bacon is really big for some reason and they are making a killing selling hats...
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      Thanks, great report. How long before the twins call him up? Personally, I don't see any reason to rush him. However, I expect the Twins have a different idea. They are likely to be desperate to have some reason for fans to fill the seats. Starting pitching has been terrible, but pitching in 40 degree weather is a tough standard.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ncgo4 View Post
      Thanks, great report. How long before the twins call him up? Personally, I don't see any reason to rush him. However, I expect the Twins have a different idea. They are likely to be desperate to have some reason for fans to fill the seats. Starting pitching has been terrible, but pitching in 40 degree weather is a tough standard.
      This would have been the case 20 years ago but now money is a big decision maker. The Twins will keep Meyer down until July to avoid super 2 arb. Additionally the Twins have 4 high paid veteran pitchers and Gibson that will get an excessive number of chances. And Deduno will likely get the first shot at starting in the case of an injury or ineffectiveness.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ncgo4 View Post
      Thanks, great report. How long before the twins call him up? .
      He is not on the 40 man roster (I know that it can be remedied because there is Bartlett's opening and people like Fryer and Raley that can get off it any time). I suspect that he will not get to the majors, unless there is an injury or someone (Correia) gets traded. To note: He will probably be limited in total innings this season, so (even if added to the 40-man) will likely not be a September call up. As I noted in the writeup, he takes extra care of the shoulder before the game...
    1. Linus's Avatar
      Linus -
      Good point on the potential innings limit. I was hopeful that he would get a look this year but that is probably unlikely.
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