Max Meyer showing why he could be another ace for Miami Marlins

Mar 1, 2021; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins Max Meyer #63 poses during media day at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: MLB photos via USA TODAY Sports
Mar 1, 2021; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins Max Meyer #63 poses during media day at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: MLB photos via USA TODAY Sports /
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It is easy to get lost as a pitching prospect in the Miami Marlins system. With Edward Cabrera and Sixto Sanchez dominating prospect lists, other arms in their minor leagues can be overlooked. Add in the likes of Sandy AlcantaraElieser Hernandez, and Pablo Lopez at the major league level, and the Marlins have an abundance of riches in the rotation. However, Max Meyer is showing that he could be a future ace as well.

Promoted to Triple-A to end the season, Meyer showed why the Marlins felt that he could be ready for the majors in short order. He was dominant, striking out a career high ten batters in his five innings of work.

Max Meyer may be another future ace for Miami Marlins

Meyer certainly got plenty of love from on prospect lists heading into the season. He was considered to be a consensus top 100 prospect in his own right, just a shade behind Cabrera and Sanchez. His future was considered extremely bright as well.

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He did his part to live up to that billing at Double-A. Prior to his promotion, he had posted a 2.41 ERA and a 1.228 WHiP over his 101 innings, striking out 113 batters with 40 walks. Although that walk rate was a bit high, Meyer mitigated that by allowing only seven homers, doing a tremendous job at keeping the ball in the yard.

Armed with a plus slider and a fastball that reaches triple digits, there was some concern that Meyer could end up in a relief role given some command issues. While that may be an issue, his command has improved, as has his changeup. Those improvements should allow Meyer to stick in the rotation as the Marlins had hoped.

It may not be too long into the 2022 season before he makes his major league debut. Meyer will likely begin the season in Triple-A next year, getting his feet under him as the Marlins manage his innings and service time. If he can dominate at the start of next season, that call to the majors will be forthcoming.

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Max Meyer may be somewhat forgotten, but he is a top prospect in his own right. The Miami Marlins may have another future ace in their system.