Right-hander Alex Meyer served up his best performance as a professional with six innings of shutout baseball Tuesday night, allowing just two hits. Meyer struck out five Hickory Crawdads and walked just one in a 4-0 Hagerstown victory in a rain-shortened affair at Municipal Stadium.
Meyer showed a 93 mph sinker and had better quality on his fastball by keeping it down in the zone, according to a club source. Meyer benefited from three outstanding defensive plays behind him and has done a good job of minimizing his pitches with the sinker.
Meyer is 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA in seven starts at home and 6-3 overall. The 23rd overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft is ranked as the No. 2 prospect for the Nationals by MLB.com, behind third baseman Anthony Rendon.
He has also gone 5-1 with a 2.63 ERA with 55 strikeouts in his last 10 starts. The 6-foot-9, 220-lb. pitcher has surrendered only four earned runs in his last five starts, including shutouts in two of his last three outings.