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.