Commitment Spotlight- '17 Max Meyer, RHP/SS, Woodbury

By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

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Max Meyer 

Name: Max Meyer
Position: RHP/SS
Class: 2017
Height/Weight: 6-foot, 165-pounds
High School: Woodbury
PBR Rank: #4 in MN 2017 Class

Evaluation: 6/20/16- 6-foot, 165-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. Shortly after event- committed to U. of Minnesota. Lean loose frame. 7.29 runner. Uses lower half well in swing, good bat path, line drive swing, and shows ability to work both gaps. 90 mph exit velocity. Soft glove, good range, ability to throw from multiple angles, easy actions, 87 mph arm strength across diamond with occasional sinking action. Shows some of best all-around stuff on mound in MN 2017 class. True 3-pitch mix, thrown in any count, with above avg. action on each pitch. Fastball was 86-89 mph; touching 90 mph with late arm-side life. Tight rotation and shape on slider thrown with well above avg. velocity at 79-82 mph. 77-78 mph changeup might be best in class with late fade and sink; thrown at fastball arm speed. 

PBR: Why did you choose the University of Minnesota? 
MEYER: I chose the University of Minnesota because it is a great school and it just felt right being on campus. The coaching staff there is well respected, the athletic facilities are great and they have so much to offer me education wise.

PBR: What other schools were you considering? 
MEYER: University Illinois-Chicago, Kansas State, Iowa, NDSU and UND before they cut the program.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with them? 
MEYER: I played for the Minnesota Prospects coached by Pat Casey. We had tournaments in Vegas and Arizona and Pat liked what I had to offer and that’s when I first got on their radar. I loved playing for Pat and look forward to working with the entire staff at the U of M.

PBR: Do you feel relieved now that the process is over and you can just focus on baseball and not deal with everything that goes into picking a school? 
MEYER: Yes, I feel relieved. It’s nice to have no distractions during my hockey season this year and in my last season of high school baseball.

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top? 
MEYER: Being close to home so my family and friends can come watch. 

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today? 
MEYER: My dad spending countless hours throwing to me in the cages, hitting me ground balls and all the tips he shared with me to help me become a better ball player.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult? 
MEYER: I went to showcases and talked to coaches. My high school team had a lot of success junior year, which brought coaches out to watch players. Once that happened, the process happened fairly quickly. I am grateful that the recruiting process led me to the U of M.

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season? 
MEYER: I’m going in as a 2-way player and hopefully can contribute to the team freshman year.

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date? 
MEYER: Winning the Legion state tournament this past summer.

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against? 
MEYER: Probably Cole Gnetz sophomore year. That was the first time I’ve ever seen anything in the 90s.