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51 Alex Meyer RP
Height/Weight: 6-9/225 | Birthdate: 1/3/1990 | Birthplace: Greensburg, IN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 9/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Twins RP Alex Meyer struggling in Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/16/2015) Since being sent back down to Triple-A following a two-game stint in the Major Leagues, Twins right-hander Alex Meyer has had some struggles pitching out of the bullpen for Rochester. In the four games since his return to the Red Wings, Meyer owns a 7.11 ERA through 12 1/3 innings of work. 

The Twin's top pitching prospect has struggled pretty much all season, as his 5.31 ERA in the minors would attest to. Meyer is making the conversion from starter to being a full-time reliever for the first time in his young career.


Twins RP Alex Meyer optioned to Triple-A on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) The Twins have optioned right-hander Alex Meyer to Triple-A Rochester, following Friday's 3-2 loss to the Royals. Meyer, who made two appearances last week in his first taste of the big leagues, will remain in the bullpen with Rochester. 

Meyer's demotion clears a roster spot for Ervin Santana, who will be returning from a suspension on Saturday, according to MLB.com.


Twins' Alex Meyer lit up in MLB debut


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Twins pitcher Alex Meyer managed to strand two runners in a first-inning relief appearance on Friday, but his MLB debut went downhill from there. 

Meyer allowed a walk, a single and two home runs in the second inning, giving up four runs in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two batters. 


Twins calling up top-100 prospect Alex Meyer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) The Twins announced Thursday they will recall pitcher Alex Meyer from Triple-A Rochester prior to Friday's game at Milwaukee. 

Meyer was converted to a reliever in late May after struggling as a starter to begin the season. The right-hander, who is considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 29) and Baseball America (No. 62), has thrived since moving to a relief role. He's allowed just one earned run in 17 relief innings (0.53 ERA).


Twins SP prospect Alex Meyer shifted to bullpen at Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Twins starting pitcher prospect Alex Meyer is being moved to the bullpen at Triple-A Rochester, according to the Pioneer Press. Tyler Duffey is taking his spot in the rotation at Rochester.

Meyer, who was competing for a spot in the Twins' rotation this spring, has struggled to begin the year at Triple-A. He is 2-3 with a 7.09 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in eight starts. He has 41 strikeouts and 24 walks in 39 1/3 innings.

The right-hander is considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 29) and Baseball America (No. 62).


Twins GM not overly concerned with Alex Meyer's slow start


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Despites the recent struggles of Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer , general manager Terry Ryan is not overly concerned, reports TwinCities.com.

"He’s just not throwing it over the plate," Ryan said. "It’s a little bit of what was going on in spring training. We’ve got to clean that up. We’ve got to get him to throw it over and trust his stuff is all."

Through two starts and 8 2/3 innings, Meyer has walked 11 and posted an 8.31 earned run average for Triple-A Rochester.

Meyer lost a battle in spring training for the Twins' final rotation spot.

Twins' Alex Meyer owns a 8.31 ERA through two Triple-A starts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Twins starter Alex Meyer, who lost a battle for the final rotation spot in spring training, is off to another slow start, carrying a 8.31 ERA through two starts at Triple-A Rochester, per the Star Tribune.

Meyer, considered the club's top pitching prospect, permitted five earned runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out five over 3 2/3 innings on Wednesday. He has issued 11 walks in 8 2/3 innings pitched to start the year.

"I think he's just a little out of sync right now," director of minor league operations Brad Steil said. "… He had a few games like this last year, so he'll be all right."


Twins option SP Alex Meyer to Triple-A


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/20/2015) Twins starter Alex Meyer, who was in a battle for the final rotation spot, was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Friday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

In his last outing, Thursday against the Rays, Meyer walked four batters in two innings and said he was "searching" to find the right mechanics. 


Twins' Molitor discusses battle for final rotation spot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor is facing a tough decision with a healthy battle underway for the team's fifth-starter role between Mike Pelfrey, Tommy Milone, Alex Meyer and Trevor May, MLB.com reports.

"We hope it's tough because people are performing well," Molitor said. "Mike has had a good spring to this point and is scheduled to pitch again in Clearwater, Fla., [against Philadelphia] on the 23rd. And Milone has looked good and we'll see him [Saturday]. Meyer is a little behind on pitch count but has been fine, and May seems like he has a little more mound presence so far than he did last year. That's probably what that experience did to him."

Pelfrey and Milone remain the top two candidates for the job, with Meyer and May having options remaining that can allow them to open the season at Triple-A. Pelfrey was impressive in a split-squad start Wednesday.

"Mostly, his fastball is getting the groundballs he needs, but he's using his split-finger more and gaining confidence with that pitch, and mixing in his curveball, which he hasn't done for a while," Molitor said. "His pace was pretty good, and we're always looking for those little things like pace and holding runners, and he knows that's important."


Twins P Alex Meyer walks four in 4-2 loss to Rays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Twins right-hander Alex Meyer walked four batters in two innings of work during Minnesota's 4-2 loss to the Rays on Thursday. 

Three of the walks occurred in the sixth inning, with the fourth in the seventh. He gave up one earned run and one hit. He also struck out three batters. 

However, the walks indicate a lack of control on the mound, something that could hurt Meyer as he tries to earn a spot on the Twins' roster. 

“I’m searching right now,” Meyer said, via the Pioneer Press. “I feel like there’s something mechanically going on.”

Meyer has now walked seven batters this spring but still holds a 1.59 ERA. 

“I just have to get back to square one, stop overanalyzing things and just throw the baseball,” Meyer said. “Quit worrying about leaking early, pulling with the glove. It’s just getting back to the basics. The good thing is it’s spring training. It’s not the season. You’ve got plenty of time to figure it out.”


Molitor: Alex Meyer not a candidate for Twins' bullpen


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor said that righthander Alex Meyer is not likely to make the team out of spring training. 

The organization seems Meyer as a starter in the future, so he's not a candidate to fill a spot in the bullpen with the big club. 

“I would say the odds on that are pretty long — pretty long,” Molitor  told the Pioneer Press. “We want to build him up to start, and he’s a little bit behind. But I would think right now the odds of that happening in the short term are fairly slim.”


Twins' Alex Meyer pitches in relief in first bid to make rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Twins starting pitcher Alex Meyer, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, made his first appearance in a spring game Monday against the Pirates.

Meyer relieved starter Ricky Nolasco in the third inning. He tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks. He struck out one.


Twins GM Terry Ryan not ready to name favorite for final rotation spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Jim Souhan of The Star Tribune wrote in his Sunday column he feels Alex Meyer is the leading candidate for the final spot in the Twins' rotation. He mentioned it to Twins general manager Terry Ryan, who doesn't appear to have anyone atop his list yet as the favorite for the role of fifth starter.

“You’re ahead of yourself,” Ryan said. “There are people who are going to argue with you. There are other people out there who are going to compete for that job and believe they’re ahead of Alex Meyer, because of their track record and experience.

“One of them is Tommy Milone. He’s got a lot more experience than Alex Meyer. He’s got somewhat close to the same stuff. He’s won 13 games in the big leagues. He isn’t going to want to hear that … stuff.

“There are guys competing out there who want to send Alex Meyer back to the minors. Alex better realize he has to earn this thing. Which is a good position for us to be in.

Tim Stauffer is another guy. He had a good year in San Diego about three years ago. He’s no slouch.

Mike Pelfrey is a good man.  I’m hoping things turn for him. He certainly wants to earn his keep. He has a shot at the fifth spot, and if that doesn’t work out, he has a shot at the bullpen.”


Alex Meyer and Trevor May hope to return to Twins soon


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Alex Meyer missed a few days of camp with the Twins for personal reasons following the death of his grandfather. The righthander hopes to return to the mound on Monday for a game against the Pirates. 

Trevor May has missed time with flu-like symptoms. After a bullpen session on Friday, the righthander is aiming for a return on Wednesday. 


Twins' Alex Meyer: I'm not far from the other pitchers in camp


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Twins pitcher Alex Meyer, who missed several days last week due to personal reasons and is also dealing with an illness, tossed live batting practice on Monday and told reporters he's not far from the other pitchers in camp, per the Star Tribune.

The Twins have yet to decide if he'll make an appearance in Wednesday's exhibition game against the University of Minnesota.


Twins scratch Alex Meyer from Wednesday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Twins pitcher Alex Meyer is no longer scheduled to start Wednesday's scrimmage against the University of Minnesota, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Meyer is reportedly dealing with an illness.

Alex Meyer steps away from Twins to attend grandfather's funeral


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Twins starting pitcher prospect Alex Meyer will take a brief leave of absence to attend his grandfather's funeral, according to MLB.com on Wednesday. Meyer, who remains hopeful of winning a rotation spot with the Twins now that he's more comfortable using his changeup, is expected to miss two workouts while he's away from the club.

Meyer will compete with Tommy Milone, Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May for the fifth spot in the rotation this spring. If he fails to win a spot in the rotation, he could break camp in the bullpen.


Changeup could be pitch Twins' Meyer needs to win rotation spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Twins starting pitcher prospect Alex Meyer was reluctant to throw a changeup before working with teammates Yohan Pino and Deolis Guerra at Triple-A Rochester last season. Meyer switched from a circle-change to a three-finger changeup, and he is now much more comfortable throwing a changeup.

Meyer already had a plus fastball and curveball, and now the changeup could give him the third pitch that propels him into the major-league rotation.

"When I had games last year where I was able to use it, it was such a benefit," Meyer said. "It gets in the back of their mind and makes my fastball and my curveball so much better. So it's something I need to be consistent with. So even on days when I don't have my curveball, I can still have my changeup."

Meyer will compete with Tommy Milone, Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May for the fifth spot in the rotation this spring. He could end up in the bullpen, if he doesn't land a spot in the rotation.


Twins' Alex Meyer willing to pitch out of the bullpen


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Twins reliever Alex Meyer is willing to pitch out of the bullpen, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press

The 25-year-old Meyer is considered one of the team's better prospects, and started 27 games last season at Triple-A. Meyer posted a 3.52 ERA over 130 1/3 innings. While Meyer could compete for a rotation spot during spring training, he said he would be open to pitching out of the bullpen if that will put him in the majors faster. "Whatever it takes to help the Minnesota Twins," Meyer said. "If it’s me being a left-on-left guy, I really don’t care."

As long as he stays healthy, Meyer is expected to make his major-league debut at some point in 2015.


Sano, Meyer, Rosario added to Twins' 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Twins announced Thursday they added starting pitcher Alex Meyer, pitcher Jason Wheeler, outfielder Eddie Rosario and third baseman Miguel Sano to the 40-man roster.

Alex Meyer dealing with late-season shoulder injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Twins starting pitcher prospect Alex Meyer was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Rochester due to shoulder inflammation, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.

Meyer is 7-7 with a 3.52 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 27 starts for Rochester. He is striking out 10.6 batters per nine innings, but is also walking 4.4 batters per nine innings.


Alex Meyer continues to bounce back


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer has continued to bounce back after a rough stretch.

Meyer has now just two earned runs over his last three starts. Prior to this stretch, Meyer had given up nine runs over two starts. Meyer tossed six innings Wednesday, striking out eight and walked three. He gave up three hits. Meyer has posted a 3.31 ERA in 10 games. 


Alex Meyer has success with new grip on changeup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Twins starting pitcher prospect Alex Meyer tied a career high with 11 strikeouts Wednesday during a no-decision for Triple-A Rochester. He allowed three hits and three walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Meyer attributed his success Wednesday to a new grip on his changeup. Instead of throwing a circle changeup, Meyer threw a three-finger changeup. Rochester catcher Dan Rohlfing has urged Meyer to throw his changeup more often.

"It was something I had been working on, and he made me feel confident in it," Meyer said of the pitch, per MLB.com. "I was getting pretty good sink on it. It was moving a little bit. It was coming out of my hand well. I can throw it at full arm speed. I don't have to slow things down. It had a little run and sink to it, and it was easier for me to command than the circle change was."

Meyer has a 3.48 ERA and .236 opponents' batting average through four starts. He has 24 strikeouts to eight walks in 20 2/3 innings.


Twins make several roster moves Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) The Twins made a slew of roster moves Sunday. The team announced pitchers Logan Darnell, Edgar IbarraBrooks Raley and Trevor May were optioned to Triple-A Rochester. 

The Twins also announced first baseman Kennys Vargas was optioned to Double-A New Britain, while infielder Jorge Polanco  and outfielder Max Kepler  were optioned to Class A Ft. Myers.

The Twins also reassigned pitchers Alex Meyer, Lester Oliveros and Yohan Pino, catchers Kyle KnudsonMatt Koch  and Stuart Turner, outfielders Byron Buxton  and Chris Rahl  and infielder Miguel Sano to minor-league camp.


Alex Meyer close to MLB debut?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Twins starting pitcher prospect Alex Meyer is expected to open the season at Triple-A Rochester, but manager Ron Gardenhire is eager to see this spring how close the highly touted pitching prospect is to the majors.

"Whether he's ready for this or not, he'll tell us," Gardenhire said, per MLB.com. "I don't want any player coming into spring training thinking they don't have a chance. But he's a long shot just because he didn't pitch a lot of innings last year, and we want to make sure we do the right thing. But he has a definite chance sometime throughout the year to pitch [in the majors]."

Meyer's goal is to pitch in the majors this season.

"I'd love to," Meyer said of potentially making his debut this season. "That's obviously the goal. If I just go out there and do my job and get guys out, and get myself in that position, that's all I can do. I try not to think about it too much or put too much pressure on myself. I just want to get guys out."