Alex Meyer, Starting Pitcher, Los Angeles Angels, #23
Date of Birth: 1/3/1990
Birthplace: Greensburg, Indiana
College: University of Kentucky
Alex Meyer, starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, was a top pitcher in high school. In 2008, his senior year, he had an 8-0 record and a 0.95 ERA in 51.0 innings. He was named High School All-American, Indiana's Mr. Baseball, the Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year, and the Louisville Slugger Indiana Player of the Year. That year, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox but he chose instead to play for the University of Kentucky.
Meyer was drafted again in 2011, this time by the Washington Nationals. He signed with them and pitched in their minor league system in 2012. He was traded to the Minnesota Twins on November 29, 2012. He continued to pitch in the minor leagues, primarily as a starting pitcher.
In 2015, Meyer pitched just 2.2 innings in 2 games with the Twins. He transitioned to a relief pitcher in the minors that season.
Meyer was traded to the Angels on August 1, 2016. He spent time on the DL with shoulder inflammation, limiting his playing time in 2016 to 2 games with the Twins (1 as a starter) and 5 games as a starter with the Angels. He finished the season with 1 win to 3 losses, 29 strikeouts to 17 walks, and a 5.68 ERA in 25.1 innings.
In the off-season, Meyer works as a substitute teacher at his former high school.
Meyer and his wife Kyra were married in November, 2015.