Could Alex Meyer Convert Into A Closer?

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Updated: March 11, 2017

Spring Training has not gone has planned for 27-year-old pitcher Alex Meyer. In 2.2 innings this spring Meyer has walked six batters and allowed three earned runs. Is it time to consider a move to the bullpen or possibly even a transition to closer?

Through two stints in the Major Leagues, Meyer has a career 6.75 ERA in nine games (six starts) and has walked 20 batters. It is clear that Meyer loses his command after a few innings. Its been hit or miss with Meyer as sometimes he has incredible stuff and the next moment it’s gone.

A move to the bullpen could do Meyer some good. It would limit his time on the mound, instead of five or six innings he’d only be out there for one inning. The Angels want Meyer to be a starter, but he does not have the command for that job right now.

The Halos acquired Meyer last August in a deal with the Minnesota Twins. There is no question Meyer has the potential and ability to be a quality Major League pitcher. The Angels just need to find the right spot to use him.

Starting pitcher is not the answer right now, and a move to the pen could help Meyer. He has electric stuff, but once his command is gone, it’s going to be a long day on the mound. Limiting his work load could help prevent some of those command issues he’s battling right now.

If Meyer is successful in the bullpen, a move to closer would be fitting for him. When he has command of his pitches, he’s one of the most electric pitchers in the league. Converting Meyer from starter to bullpen arm is the best move for the Halos right now.

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