Could Alex Meyer Be A Breakout Player in 2017?

Updated: February 1, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels acquired pitcher Alex Meyer on August 1st of 2016. In a trade with the Minnesota Twins that sent pitchers Alan Busenitz and Hector Santiago to the Twins in exchange for Ricky Nolasco and Meyer. Pitching in only five games for the Angels in 2016, but Meyer could have a much bigger role in 2017.

Meyer is a former 1st round pick of the Washington Nationals from 2011. Has only pitched in nine Major League games so far in his career. In 2016 Meyer went 1-3 5.68 ERA in seven games (six starts) with the Twins and Angels. Heading into Spring Training Meyer will likely be competing for the fifth spot in the rotation with newly signed pitcher Bud Norris.

Meyer has put together some successful stints in the minor leagues, but has been unable to translate that into the Majors. In 2016 Meyer had a 1.86 ERA with zero home runs allowed in the minors. Then once he got to the MLB he finished with a 5.68 ERA and gave up three homers. Both were roughly the same amount of innings, but Meyer has much more success in the minors.

With the Angels losing pitchers Nick Tropeano and Andrew Heaney due to Tommy John surgery. Both Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs are returning from injury. The Angels have plenty of question marks regarding healthy going into 2017. Meyer needs to step up and become a leader in the Angels rotation in 2017.

Meyer has the ability and the pitches to be a successful MLB pitcher, but has yet to put it together. Only 28 career innings in the Majors, the Angels need to give Meyer more experience in the Majors in 2017. Whether it’s in the rotation or bullpen Meyer needs to be an important part of the Angels in 2017. If Meyer can get more Major League experience that could hopefully lead to success in 2017.


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