Alex Meyer, one of the Minnesota Twins' top prospects, has excelled in his relief role after struggling as a starter.
The 6-foot-9 right-hander threw three shutout innings for Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, and the former University of Kentucky standout has yet to give up a run since moving to the bullpen.
The switch to a relief role, which came after he began the season 2-3 with a 7.09 ERA in eight starts, might not be a permanent one. And Meyer didn't disagree with it.
"I was all for it," Meyer told the Democrat & Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y. "Obviously I knew I was not doing well as a starter. You can't keep bringing the bullpen into the game in the fourth and fifth inning. I've got guys around me (the other starters) pitching into the seventh and eighth every single time, and when I go out there and lay an egg and the bullpen has to come in in the fifth inning ... you can see where that would be tough."
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Sunday's effort gave him 6-2/3 scoreless innings with just two hits allowed in four appearances since the switch. He has nine strikeouts and three walks.
"I think, and you give credit to the kid, it's worked out and he's comfortable right now doing it," Manager Mike Quade told the Democrat & Chronicle. "We've tried to give him time between outings. His velocity is up a few ticks and even his soft game I think has been a little bit better."
Reed on a roll at High-A Lancaster
AJ Reed's rough month of April is far behind him.
The former University of Kentucky standout, now one of the Houston Astros' top prospects, batted .208 at High-A Lancaster that month before turning it around.
He was the team's player of the month in May, batting .327 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI.
And he has continued to hit well in June. He had two run-scoring singles in the JetHawks' 17-2 victory against Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.
His batting average is at an even .300 and he leads the California League with 15 home runs and 37 walks. He's tied for the league lead with 50 RBI, second in slugging at .590, fifth in on-base percentage at .409, and second in OPS at .997.