Former University of Kentucky standout Alex Meyer was one of nine players cut from the Minnesota Twins’ spring roster on Thursday.
The decision to option Meyer leaves the 26-year-old’s career in limbo; after spending the final four months of the 2015 season in the bullpen at Triple-A Rochester, it’s possible Meyer might return to starting again.
“It’s kind of 50-50 right now. They’re trying to decide,” Meyer said Thursday , shortly after being told he was being sent down again. “They asked me — I told them I enjoy relieving, but obviously I’m going to do whatever [they] want me to do. So I don’t really know.”
Meyer, once regarded as a potential top-of-the-rotation prospect after being obtained in a trade with the Nationals, remains optimistic that his persistent hangup — command of his fastball — can be solved. Meyer walked four batters in 4 2/3 innings this spring, striking out three, and allowing three runs.
“It’s the same as always — If I’m throwing strikes, I’m fine. If I get behind, no one is going to be successful [that way],” he said. “I felt way better my last two times out with it. I finally said, look, I’m going to try something a little different. I’m not going to think about it as much, just stay back and just throw it. Since then, I felt better.”