Should the Miami Marlins consider calling up No. 3 prospect Max Meyer?
By Matt Melton
The Miami Marlins No. 3 prospect, it seems almost certain that an MLB debut is in the works for Max Meyer at some point during the 2022 season. However, should that debut come sooner rather than later for the former first round pick?
Should the Miami Marlins consider calling up prospect Max Meyer?
One of baseball’s top pitching prospects, the excitement surrounding the 23-year-old right-hander was obviously noteworthy entering the 2022 season. Posting a combined 2.27 ERA across 22 starts a year ago, Meyer was set to begin the season with Triple-A Jacksonville, and as you likely know by now, the right-hander has enjoyed a phenomenal start to the 2022 season.
Across his first five starts of the year with the Jumbo Shrimp, Meyer has posted a 2-0 record with a 1.71 ERA through 26.1 innings pitched with a total of 33 strikeouts to only six walks. Opponents are also batting a combined .158 against Meyer, with the right-hander also holding a 0.797 WHIP this season.
Looking back to his time with Jacksonville toward the end of last season as well, Meyer has made a total of seven starts overall at the Triple-A level where he holds a combined 1.49 ERA with a 50:8 K:BB across 36.1 innings pitched.
One of baseball’s top pitching prospects who holds a combined 2.16 ERA with a 163:48 K:BB across his first 27 career starts, Meyer is certainly making the case that he is major league ready right now. If he is as well, why should the Miami Marlins wait to call him up?
A player who could pitch out of either the rotation or bullpen, there is no denying the immediate impact that Meyer could have on this Marlins team. Yes, it obviously wouldn’t hurt to have him pitch in Triple-A a bit longer, but the right-hander has shown over the past year that he is ready for the major leagues right now.
So, will the Miami Marlins call up Meyer in the coming weeks? That is obviously to be determined, but I do know one thing – based on the way he is currently pitching in Triple-A, the Marlins might have no choice but to bring him up soon.