With the sixth pick, Mariners select Max Meyer, RHP Minnesota
If you’ve been paying close attention to my draft content this month, you probably know two things. First, I don’t want Seattle to take Reid Detmers. And second, I might be the highest on Max Meyer in the state of Washington. Ranked fourth in my initial Top 10 ranks, Meyer is a small RHP from the University of Minnesota with big stuff.
Listed at 6’0″, 180 lbs, Meyer possess arguably the best fastball and slider in the class. Despite his size, Meyer has touched 100 MPH with the fastball and sits comfortably 94-96 MPH with little effort in his delivery. He has a plus slider, which he can manipulate to look like three different offerings. Meyer has good feel for a changeup and the offering is already above-average with the chance to become a third plus pitch.
On top of the great stuff, Meyer throws a ton of strikes and attacks hitters with precision and advanced game plans. The only knock against Meyer is his size, which will leave some scouts and organizations to knock him out of the Top 10. This would be a critical mistake.
Assuming he stays healthy, Meyer has a floor of an Edwin Diaz style high-leverage reliever. At his best, Meyer could be the next Tim Lincecum, a pitcher who Seattle famously passed on to select Brandon Morrow.
Meyer has a chance to be the best pitcher in this draft class and with the success of Lincecum, Sonny Gray, Marcus Stroman, Pedro Martinez, and Roy Oswalt, using his size as a reason not to draft him is absolutely foolish. Meyer is an elite talent and if he is on the board at six, it would be a mistake for Dipoto and Hunter to pass him up.