Inspired by College Baseball Daily’s list of the top 100 college baseball players, BluGrass Baseball is counting down the top 25 returning Kentucky collegians in advance of the 2011 season. We continue the list today with what might be the state’s most high-profile baseball player but also its most confusing.
No. 6 — RHP Alex Meyer — University of Kentucky
UK junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer came to Lexington with the reputation as one of the best high school pitching prospects in the country. Meyer reportedly turned down a $2 million signing bonus as the 20th round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2008 and was immediately listed among the candidates for the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft. Two years later Meyer’s performance at UK has been inconsistent to the tune of a 6-7 record with a 6.34 career ERA. Meyer has struck out 143 batters and walked 81 in 110 and two-third career innings.
Meyer missed three weeks of the 2010 season with mononucleosis but still led the Cats with five wins and 63 strikeouts. Baseball America recently ranked Meyer the No. 20 junior-class draft prospect and the No. 34 overall 2011 draft prospect. Meyer’s 63 strikeouts in 2010 rank No. 3 among returning Kentucky collegians, and his five wins are tied for fifth among returnees. The Indiana native is likely to be selected in the first round in the 2011 draft, assuming he doesn’t completely implode this season, but a strong campaign could catapult Meyer into a top 10 selection.