Sunday, January 09, 2005

Drew Meyer Report

Drew Meyer, SS, Texas Rangers
Drafted 10th Overall, 2002 Draft, South Carolina
Bats L/Throws R
23 YO, 5'10", 180 lbs

It is rarely a good idea to take a project with your first round pick. With his first ever pick with the Rangers, Grady Fuson took Drew Meyer, even though he knew that Meyer's swing would have to be retooled for the professional ranks. He was roundly criticized for passing up pitchers to take a shortstop when he had Alex Rodriguez on the major league roster. A more appropriate criticism would have been taking Meyer when the more polished Khalil Greene was available.

After a surge in 2003, Meyer fell flat in 2004, struggling to the tune of .241/.309/.310 with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 22 walks, and 43 K's in 232 at bats. He's struggling to make good contact.

Where Meyer excels is on defense. It will be the key to his finding a career. He's an above average defensive shortstop with a strong, accurate arm, good footwork, and good range. He played center field for a while and earned good marks there. This has helped the Rangers to view him as a future utility player, which he seems well suited for. Theoretically, he has the skills to play every position on the diamond. He's also shown speed on the basepaths in the past, though he didn't demonstrate that this season.

ETA: 2006
2 Stars

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