Miami Marlins: Max Meyer finishes impressive 2021 season

Matt Melton
DENVER, CO - JULY 11: Max Meyer #12 of National League Futures Team pitches against the National League Futures Team at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 11: Max Meyer #12 of National League Futures Team pitches against the National League Futures Team at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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When looking at the 2021 seasons for Miami Marlins prospects, there are arguably none that stick-out more than Max Meyer.

Miami’s 2020 first round pick (third overall), there was obviously a lot of hype surrounding Meyer as a prospect as we entered the 2021 season. Coming off a phenomenal collegiate career in which he posted a combined 2.13 ERA in three seasons at Minnesota, Meyer has backed-up that hype during his first professional season.

Miami Marlins prospect Max Meyer posted an impressive first professional season.

Spending the 2021 campaign in Double-A with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Meyer made 20 starts this season with the final of those coming on Wednesday night. In Wednesday’s start, the Marlins No. 3 prospect pitched six innings where he allowed no earned runs on five hits and seven strikeouts while also finishing tops in the Double-A South in ERA, as well as tied-first in strikeouts in the process.

For the season overall, Meyer holds a 6-3 record with a 2.41 ERA across 101 innings pitched with 40 walks and 113 strikeouts. When looking at Meyer’s individual starts this season as well, the 22-year-old had some strong performances.

Out of his 20 combined starts, Meyer had only four starts where he allowed over two earned runs, as well as four starts in which he tied a career-high nine strikeouts. For the season, opponents also slashed a combined .226/.305/.344 against the right-hander.

When looking at Meyer’s individual starts in particular, there were a few that stick-out most as listed below:

  • May 5 (First Career Pro Start vs Mississippi) – 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  • May 18 (vs Rocket City) – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K
  • June 29 (vs Biloxi) – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Meyer was also downright dominant in the early-part of the season posting a combined 1.84 ERA across the months of May and June, earning a trip to the MLB Futures Game over the All-Star Break in the process.

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There is no-denying that this was an impressive first professional season for the Miami Marlins 2020 first round pick. Likely beginning the 2022 season in Triple-A Jacksonville, the possibility of Meyer joining the big league rotation sometime next season is starting to look closer and closer.

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