College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 34 with junior RHP Alex Meyer from Kentucky. The lanky righthander who checks in at 6’9 220 pounds is a Greensburg, Indiana, native where he attended Greensburg High School as he developed into one of the best players in the country. As a senior, he had an ERA of 0.95 and a 8-0 record in 51 innings as a senior while striking out 108 and walking 30. He ended up holding school records for most strikeouts in a season, career and lowest season ERA.
He was named the EIAC Conference MVP and EIAC All-Conference team while being named Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year, Louisville Slugger Indiana Player of the Year, Indiana’s Mr. Baseball and first-team all-state. He was also named an Aflac All-America and Louisville Slugger High School All-American. Baseball America rated him as the fifth best High School prospect heading into the 2008 MLB Draft. He ended up being selected in the 20th round of the draft by the Red Sox but decided to honor his commitment to Kentucky.
Meyer’s freshman season saw him appear in 13 games (11 starts) while going 1-4 with a 5.73 ERA including one save. He ended up totaling 59.2 innings, allowing only 53 hits and 38 earned runs, striking out 80 batters. He finished sixth in the NCAA with 12.06 strikeout per nine innings.
His sophomore season saw him struggle with a case of mono which affected him during the middle portion of the year. He finished the season with a 5-3 record with a 7.06 ERA in 12 appearances (11 starts). He ended up pitching a total of 51 innings, allowing 59 hits and 36 walks, striking out 63.
Meyer was excellent this past fall topping out in the upper 90′s and has been known to break 100 on occasion. If he can stay healthy then he would be easily one of the top pitchers in the SEC and the country.