Skip to main content

Twins prospect Alex Meyer hopes to crack the starting rotation

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The Twins' pitchers and catchers reported to Ft. Myers for their first spring training workout of 2015 Monday.

Last season pitching – especially starting pitching – was the biggest reason the Twins lost 90 games for a fourth straight year. Outside of Phil Hughes, Twins starters were unable to consistently work deep into games, which put extra stress on the bullpen.

So the Twins have worked to correct that problem, and have brought in 29 different pitchers to compete for a spot on the team.

One of those is highly-touted prospect Alex Meyer. At 6-foot-9, 220-pounds with a fastball that's been known to touch 100 mph, Meyer is hard to miss. Meyer was acquired in the trade that sent Denard Span to Washington

He has been ranked as one of baseball's top prospects, by nearly all of the major ranking services, and it's not hard to see why.

But is this the year for the 25-year-old to crack the Twins starting rotation? He certainly hopes so. Meyer was 7-7 at Rochester with a 3.52 ERA in 2014.

"I'm in the mid-90's usually, but sometimes it goes up," Meyer told FOX Sports North. "It just depends on the day."

According to 1500 ESPN, the knock on him has been control issues. Meyer walked 4.4 batters per nine innings last year an increase over the previous two years when he walked just over three batters per nine.

He is also working to develop a few secondary pitches to go with the blazing fastball.

"The changeup is coming along, getting better," said Meyer. "My curve ball is my strikeout pitch. I'm confident when I throw it that it will get good results. I feel good and I'm ready to go."

But cracking the Twins rotation this season could be tough. Hughes won 16-games for the Twins last season, and figures to be the Opening Day starter.

Kyle Gibson and Ricky Nolasco both will have spots in the rotation and the Twins signed Ervin Santana to a four-year $55 million contract in the offseason – leaving one spot for Meyer to battle with Trevor May and Mike Pelfrey.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-25 at 11.06.51 AM

Pilfered peony plant prompts police probe

The peony, named Patrick, was taken from Wayzata City Hall gardens.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, May 25

The latest update from the state health department.


Beloved small town MN baseball field destroyed by severe storm

The mid-May storm system blasted the area with 90+ mph winds.

Ettinger and Finstad

CD-1 Primary: Jeff Ettinger gets DFL nod, Brad Finstad wins GOP vote

Jennifer Carnahan also was on the ballot as a GOP candidate — and fell about 11,000 votes shy of claiming victory.

Screen Shot 2022-05-25 at 8.01.45 AM

6-year-old and his grandparents killed in trailer home fire

"Found among the charred debris were two adults and a child," the sheriff's office said in a release.


Uvalde massacre: MN schools react with horror, increase security

A gunman killed 19 children and two adults in Texas Tuesday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2022-05-24 at 5.21.04 PM

Ex-South St. Paul coach dies by suicide 2 days before sentencing

Matthew McCollister was to be sentenced for fraud in federal court on Wednesday.


Minnesota 'glampground' named one of 10 best in U.S.

In Nevis, Minnesota, campers can stay in a refurbished 1905 train car.

Screen Shot 2022-01-28 at 9.04.12 AM

Two men charged over terrifying armed robbery at Newport apartment

They shot the woman who lives in the apartment in the abdomen, and put a gun to a man's head.

Minneapolis police

Minneapolis 2-year-old identified in suspicious death case

The cause of death has not yet been revealed due to an ongoing investigation.

Arianna Vos

Victim of wrong-way driver crash ID'd as Hutchinson 19-year-old

Three women, ages 19, 20 and 20, were in the vehicle struck by a wrong-way driver early Sunday morning.