3. RHP Max Meyer – Miami Marlins No. 3 Prospect
Yes, this is only his first season playing professional baseball, but is it too crazy of a stretch to say that we could see Max Meyer at some point in 2021?
After being selected by Miami with the third overall pick in the First Round of the 2020 MLB Draft, Meyer impressed at the Marlins’ alternate training site for the remainder of the 2020 season. In fact, there were a few rumors that we could’ve seen Meyer at some point during the Marlins postseason run a year ago.
Coming off a phenomenal three seasons at Minnesota where Meyer posted a combined 2.13 ERA across 148 innings pitched, the 22-year old right-hander received a Miami-record signing amount when drafted. Starting his professional career this season in Double-A playing with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Meyer has certainly impressed catapulting himself into the conversation as one of the top young pitchers in baseball.
Entering the year as the Marlins No. 3 prospect, as well as the No. 20 prospect in baseball, Meyer has made nine starts so far posting a 3-1 record with a 2.09 ERA. Posting a 44:23 K:BB, Meyer has flashed an impressive 9.2 K/9, but has also posted a 4.8 BB/9 which will need to go down before a potential call-up occurs.
The 22-year old projects to be a massive part of the Marlins future rotation, partly due to his electric pure stuff. Meyer’s low-90’s slider was considered as arguably the best pitch in the 2020 Draft, while he also displays a consistently upper-90’s fastball with an improving changeup.
We’ve seen numerous players across baseball that have previously made the jump from Double-A straight to the big leagues. While Meyer will most likely see Triple-A at some point, the 2020 First Round Pick may receive the call at some point in 2021 based on the Marlins rotational needs later in the season.