Will Alex Meyer Ever Reach His Full Potential?

Updated: May 5, 2017

In 2011 the Washington Nationals selected pitcher Alex Meyer in the 1st round of the June Amateur Draft. That 1st round pick status comes with a lot of expectation. The 27-year-old has failed to make an impact at the MLB level, and looks like he might never reach his full potential.

On Thursday, the Angels gave Meyer his second chance to pitch in the starting rotation. He pitched just four innings, and allowed six earned runs in the 11-3 loss against the Seattle Mariners. He struggled his four starts in Triple-A, and failed to find his command against Seattle.

According to Maria Guardado, Angels manager Mike Scioscia had this to say about Meyer’s pitching performance on Thursday. “He showed flashes of why we’re excited about him,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Unfortunately, he just couldn’t command counts enough and put some guys away to be a little more effective.”

It’s no secret that Meyer has struggled in the MLB, even he can recognize he needs to get better. “This is one of those games where you turn the page and just get ready for the next one and try to better than that,” Meyer said. “You’ve got to get ahead early and establish that you’re going to pound the zone, or else it puts them in a position where they can swing the bat more comfortably. As a pitcher, that’s not what you want.”

It’s likely Meyer continues to pitch in the rotation with lefty Tyler Skaggs out 10-12 weeks. Ace Garrett Richards is on the disabled list without a known timetable. The Angels don’t have many options left, and it looks like this will be Meyer’s make-or-break chance in the Majors.

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