Twins and Angels Swap Throwers Meyer and Busenitz

Though both technically still prospects, RHPs Alex Meyer and Alan Busenitz (who were involved in yesterday’s minor Angels/Twins trade that saw the clubs exchange Ricky Nolasco and Hector Santiago, as well) are now 26 and 25 years of age, respectively, and probably needed a change of scenery. Both only realistically profile as middle-relief options barring intervention from the player-development gods.

Meyer has a first-round pedigree. Drafted by the Nationals 23rd overall back in 2011, he was seen as a bit more of a project than the typical college arm because of wildness. He was traded to Minnesota for Denard Span in November of 2012, a watershed moment in the history of the Minnesota Twins, as they shifted their franchises strange obsession with pitchability prospects toward high octane howitzers.

Meyer will touch 98 mph and sits 94-96 while flashing a plus slider. He has always been wild and continues to be, even at age 26, and even the most generous of evaluators has given up hope that he can become a starter. The stuff will play in relief, and may even be worthy of high-leverage situations if Meyer can put things together, but the combination of his wildness and the shoulder fatigue that has held him out since April make him a extremely risky.

Alex Meyer, Tool Profile
Tool Present Future
Fastball 70 70
Slider 55 60
Control 30 40
FV 35

Busenitz has been up to 99 this season with an average breaking ball. He was touching 94 at Kennesaw State and was pitching exclusively in relief until an eight-start experiment in 2015. He didn’t stick there, however, and returned to the bullpen where he sits 96-plus. He lacks extension and plane, so the heater plays down a bit, but it has some arm-side movement. Neither Busenitz’s curveball or changeup are likely to become bat-missing offerings and he’s only likely to become a middle-relief option because of it. Despite that, the Angels have turned a 25th-round pick into a potential big leaguer and tradeable asset.

Alan Busenitz, Tool Profile
Tool Present Future
Fastball 70 70
Curveball 50 50
Changeup 40 45
Control 40 45
FV 35

Eric Longenhagen is from Catasauqua, PA and currently lives in Tempe, AZ. He spent four years working for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, two with Baseball Info Solutions and two contributing to prospect coverage at Previous work can also be found at Sports On Earth, CrashburnAlley and Prospect Insider.

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