Max Meyer, RHP Minnesota
Hopefully, you saw this coming. If you’ve been following our draft coverage this month, you should know how much I love Max Meyer and dream that he will be a future Seattle Mariners Ace. Yes, he’s short, but he has arguably the best fastball and slider in the entire class with above-average command and another good pitch to back everything up.
Meyer is probably going to go in the Top 10 but doesn’t seem to be connected to the Mariners at all, which is breaking my heart. At worst, Meyer is Edwin Diaz out of the bullpen. He sits 96-99 with arm-side run on the fastball and an elite slider he can manipulate multiple ways.
At his ceiling, he is an ace, a guy who can go toe to toe with Gerrit Cole or Justin Verlander on a regular basis. The simple truth is, if Meyer was 6’2″, he would be in the conversation for the number one overall pick. But at his size, front offices will assume he can’t handle a full workload
and instantly throw an unwarranted “bullpen” or “injury concern” tag on him.
His delivery is simple and repeatable. He is a good athlete. His stuff is elite and his command is great. Whoever selects Meyer is getting a stud and I just hope it’s the Mariners.
Garrett Crochet, LHP Tennessee
I wanted to add one lefty to the mix here. Garrett Crochet is a tall, long-armed lefty who throws 100 MPH. Do I need to repeat that? He throws 100 MPH. He also has an advanced feel for a changeup and a nice slider, plus the ability to hammer the strike zone. Need I say more?
Crochet isn’t likely to be the pick at number six and wouldn’t love it if he was. There is no chance he falls to 43, meaning he won’t be a Mariner for at least a little while. But he has the potential to be a James Paxton like arm someday and that is going to get me excited every time I write it down.