2011 MLB Draft Tracker: Nationals Select Alex Meyer

23. Washington Nationals: Alex Meyer (RHP, University of Kentucky)

The Nationals had been linked to Meyer for weeks, but it was too soon to pick him at sixth-overall. Instead they get their man at 23rd. A dominating presence on the mound at 6-9, 220, Meyer posted a 7-5 record with a 2.94 ERA and a 110/46 K/BB in 101 innings. He touches 100 MPH on his best days and works consistently in the mid-90s, mixing in a good slider and workable changeup.

Meyer still has command issues at times and doesn't always repeat his mechanics consistently, but his ceiling is one of the best in the draft. He's matured emotionally and how has a strong mound presence. Ideally he would develop into a number two starter, although if command is a long-term problem he could end up in a bullpen role. It is unusual to find an arm with this kind of upside with the 23rd pick in the draft, testimony to how deep this class truly is.

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