While it’s not the trade many Twins fans were clamoring for, I have to tell you: Meyer has a lot of upside. A 6’9” righty taken 23rd overall in the 2011 draft, Meyer had a strong debut in his first year as a pro, going 10-6 with a 2.86 ERA in Class-A ball.
Meyer won’t be helping the major league club immediately, but he gives the Twins something they’ve been needing in their system: a hard-throwing power pitcher with potential to become a top-of-the-rotation guy. Meyer had a 9.7 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in only 129 innings last season. However, I wouldn’t count on seeing Meyer pitch at Target Field before the 2014 season at the earliest. In the meantime, here’s a video of the tall righty.
What else does this mean for the Twins? Not only does Span go to Washington, but so does his $4.75 million salary. That means GM Terry Ryan has an estimated $30 million or so to work with now to fix the rotation for 2013. If I were a betting man, I’d count on another new Twin by this time next week at the close of the Winter Meetings in Nashville.