UK's Meyer expected to be first-round pick in MLB Draft on Monday

June 6, 2011 

Kentucky's Alex Meyer is the 20th-ranked prospect according to MLB.com. Meyer's fastball tops out at 97 mph. "His power slider comes in at 86-88 mph, and it's a nasty pitch," the Web site's analysis says.

MARK CORNELISON | STAFF

Kentucky's Alex Meyer, a 6-foot-9 right-handed pitcher, is projected to be drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday.

It wasn't until this past season that Meyer, who grew up in Greensburg, Ind., started getting the results that would put him in position to be drafted that early.

Meyer had a 5.73 ERA as a freshman and a 7.06 mark during a sophomore season interrupted by mononucleosis.

"In high school, I was able to just throw the ball by everybody, especially in Indiana, which is not the best state for baseball competitively," Meyer told MLB.com. "I came into Kentucky and got my feet wet and had my struggles and learned I couldn't just do that. I learned how to pitch, how to throw a third pitch."

Meyer finished his junior season season with a 2.94 ERA, a .222 average against and 110 strikeouts in 101 innings.

Meyer told MLB.com that he always knew he had good stuff, but trusting it on the mound was another matter.

"It's been a really long process," Meyer said. "I finally quit growing this year and started putting on weight, but it started with being confident out there and attacking the strike zone and not giving the hitters too much credit. You have to attack them as much as they want to attack me.

"You learn from your past. It can be the best teacher for you. And I think it was."

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