Observations from Arizona Fall League
October, 10, 2013
By Keith Law | ESPN Insider
Bruce Kluckhohn/Minnesota Twins/Getty ImagesAlex Meyer, acquired in the Denard Span trade last offseason, impressed at the AFL.I'm out in Arizona this week for four days of Arizona Fall League scouting, catching two games each day before I head home on Saturday. Here's the first set of notes on players I've seen so far, with more emphasis on pitchers who've stood out through four games.
• Minnesota right-hander Alex Meyer, acquired in the Denard Span trade, started the first game on Tuesday, hitting 100 mph in his first inning and sitting 96-99 for three innings with great sink on the pitch. Although he's 6-foot-9, Meyer comes from a low 3/4 arm slot, which puts that action on the ball but increases the need for him to develop his still-fringy changeup, which he barely threw on Tuesday. His slider was hard at 84-87, a swing-and-miss offering that he doesn't yet throw for enough strikes. Much of what Meyer needs to accomplish comes down to his size -- tall pitchers often have trouble repeating their deliveries and maintaining their coordination, which hurts command. If Meyer can get that consistency with his delivery, he's a potential top 30 starter because he can miss bats and get ground balls, but he will have to throw more and better strikes first.