KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Soon enough for Alex Meyer, in the event his potential is a promise and not a tease, walking on to a major league diamond will come to feel like a rote part of his profession. In the future, maybe 2014 or 2015, he could slide into the Washington Nationals rotation with Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann, another homegrown pitcher with jet fuel in his right arm.
For now, Meyer is still 22, riding buses and making his way, all arms and legs and hope. When he ran onto the field at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday night at the Futures Game, Meyer looked at the packed house, announced as a 40,000-strong sellout, and the sight took his breath away.
“I was kind of in awe, just looking at the stands and all the people,” Meyer said. “It was cool. It was humbling.”
Meyer waited until the eighth inning to take his turn. In six pitches and two quick outs, Meyer showed a sellout crowd, a national television audience and a field full of the best prospects why he is considered the Nationals’ top pitching prospect.