In Keith Law’s mock draft at The Athletic, he projects the Angels to select Max Meyer, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Minnesota. Law, who ranked Meyer the sixth-best prospect in the draft, said the right-hander “has upper 90s velocity with the best slider in the draft, and if there is an MLB season this year he could be a candidate to go into someone’s bullpen this summer or fall, or at least serve on a taxi squad to come in as a replacement when a pitcher gets hurt.”
Meyer was a preseason All-American as a junior in 2020, and in three years at Minnesota posted a 2.07 ERA with 187 strikeouts in 148 innings. In just four starts in this shortened season, he posted a 1.95 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 27⅔ innings.
Praise for Meyer’s pure stuff abounds. Baseball America ranked him as the 10th-best prospect in this draft, noting, “If you’re looking for the best pure stuff in the 2020 draft class, Max Meyer might be your guy.”
MLB.com rated Meyer the eighth-best prospect, calling his slider the best in the draft, “a wipeout 87-91 mph offering with which he can add and subtract depth.”
He switched from closer to starter for the Gophers during his sophomore season, but still uses the same philosophy as a starter. “I’m still trying to blow guys away,” Meyer told Dane Mizutani at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “That’s always going to be my mentality. I haven’t really changed what I think about when I’m out there. Just trying to get the guy out with my best stuff.”