WASHINGTON -- As the Nationals' top pitching prospect, Alex Meyer has generated significant buzz since being drafted in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Next month, he'll be showcased as one of 10 pitchers for the U.S. Team in Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game.
The 14th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World team dugouts during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout.
Major League Baseball, along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters.
Drafted out of Kentucky, Meyer is a lanky 6-foot-9, 220-pound right-hander with two plus pitches -- a fastball that reaches 97 mph and a slider between 86-88 mph. In 14 starts this season for the Class A Hagerstown Suns, Meyer holds a 6-3 record with a 3.33 ERA in 70.1 innings pitched.
On Tuesday, Meyer was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for June 11-17. In two starts over that span, Meyer was 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 11 innings, surrendering just two earned runs.