Nationals' 2011 first round pick Alex Meyer surprised many with his early success at Single-A Hagerstown, he was immediately effective and earned the honor of representing Washington in July's MLB Futures Game. After the showcase event the Nats promoted Meyer to High-A Potomac and in his four starts since he has posted even better stats than he did with the Suns.
Meyer earned the win on Tuesday against Myrtle Beach after allowing just one earned run and two hits in six innings of work. It was just the second earned run he has given up in the four starts with the P-Nats. His ERA in the Carolina League is now 0.78 through 23.0 innings pitched. Dylan Bundy, considered the game's best pitching prospect, held a 2.98 ERA through 54.1 innings in the same league before getting promoted to Double-A on Wednesday.
Meyer has now made 22 total starts this season for Nationals' minor league affiliates and holds a 2.63 ERA with 126 strikeouts in 113.0 innings pitched. His opponent's batting average is .202 across those 22 appearances and has a .169 number so far with Potomac.
With a fastball in the triple digits, Meyer is another power arm with potential to be a top MLB starting pitcher. It would seem he could be up in Harrisburg by the end of the season, but both Potomac and the Double-A Senators finish their seasons in the first week of September. If he moves up it will have to happen soon.
Look for him to be sent up in then next few weeks or at the very least beginning at one of the team's top farm teams next season. He is on a fast track and the Nats may want to see what they have in him sooner than later.
At 22 Meyer isn't exactly a young, raw prospect and it wouldn't be a complete shock to see him make a short stint at either Harrisburg or Syracuse. If it weren't for him still being in Single-A, it would be likely for him to be a September call-up. But despite his early success, the Nats may be taking their time in his development with the luxury of an already deep pitching staff.
It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.