Will the Miami Marlins bring their top draft pick, Max Meyer, along fro the ride during the 2020 MLB season?
What in the name of Bob Horner are the Miami Marlins possibly thinking?
After a story on Call to the Pen suggests the Marlins, who just selected Minnesota pitcher Max Meyer with the third overall pick in the most recent MLB Draft, bring the newest member of the team along on their 60-man player pool, I have three words for the organization.
Don’t Do It!
Per Dave Hill, “Given the circumstances, the Miami Marlins could have a different plan for the third overall selection, Max Meyer. Should he sign, he may be added to the 60-man roster, making his debut this year.”
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It makes no sense, really. It’s been revealed there won’t be a minor league season for most of the MLB prospects this season, but bringing Meyer aboard doesn’t solve anything and takes a spot that could be designated to a player with more experience, someone who is worthy of a possible debut.
It’s not unheard of for players to make this kind of leap, but under the circumstances of a 60-game season, it might be a little too forward-thinking for an organization with Derek Jeter and Michael Hill asking fans for patience while they reassemble franchise.
Of course, nothing has gone as planned so far for the 2020 season because of the work stoppage due to the Coronavirus and subsequent squabble between the owners and the MLBPA. Moving Meyer to the Majors, if only for a taste of the future may do more harm than good.
There might be a specific reason for this kind of move by the Marlins front office. Meyer was a starter for the Golden Gophers, however, there has been plenty of discussions where he might fit on the Major League level.
Do the Marlins, who have had major bullpen issues in the four seasons Don Mattingly has been the team’s manager, look to see if Meyer can handle a role in that capacity? Does Meyer figure in the mix as a potential closer at some point or a reliever with a significant upside?
“While he was drafted as a starter, and should ultimately end up as a part of the rotation, Meyers could make an impact as a reliever this year,” Hill adds. “Miami’s bullpen has numerous holes, and giving the third overall selection a chance to get his bearings as a reliever could pay dividends down the road.”
Even if this is a possibility, Meyer would first need to agree to terms with the team and then there could be a decision whether or not this happens.