When the Miami Marlins drafted Max Meyer with the third pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, they knew the young righty could progress through the minors quickly to make his MLB debut. Now, it’s time to award the 6-foot righty the honor he has already earned.
Meyer joined the University of Minnesota after dominating high school competition in the state. After serving as a closer in his first season, recording 16 saves, the Golden Gophers moved him into the starting rotation. Despite his small frame, Meyer emerged as one of the top prospects in the 2020 MLB Draft.
The Marlins snagged him with the No. 3 pick, taking him both because of his ability to quickly progress through the minor leagues and his signability. After making a strong impression in spring 2021, Meyer was assigned to Double-A Pensacola and dominated.
Max Meyer 2021 stats (Double-A): 2.41 ERA, 0.62 HR/9, 27.2% K rate, . 225 BAA in 101 innings
Miami saw enough from its talented righty, promoting him to Triple-A Jacksonville before the end of the 2021 season. While he only made two starts, Meyer struck out 17-of-38 batters faced with only six hits and one earned run surrendered.
He earned an opportunity to prove himself in spring training, but the Marlins opted to keep him in the minor leagues once the regular season began. Once again, Meyer is proving to be far too good for his competition.