The Miami Marlins tonight selected RHP Max Meyer with the third overall selection in the 2020 First-Year Player Draft. In his shortened junior campaign at the University of Minnesota, Meyer was 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA in four starts, holding opponents to a .155 average with 46 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. He led the BIG TEN conference in strikeouts and ranked fifth in the nation.
Meyer, who was a consensus preseason All-American, was named a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in May 2020. Meyer was rated as the second-best pitching prospect by The Athletic, and a consensus top 10 prospect overall.
In 16 appearances (11 starts) in 2019, Meyer went 5-3 with a 2.11 ERA and two saves, with a team-high 87 strikeouts in 76.2 innings, earning an All-BIG TEN Second Team selection. In the summer of 2019, he competed for the USA Collegiate National Team, posting a 0.64 ERA with 12 strikeouts in four games (three starts).
The native of Woodbury, Minnesota, finished his Gophers career with a 2.07 career ERA and 187 strikeouts in 148.0 innings. His ERA ranks fourth all-time in school history. Meyer earned All-American recognition in each of his three seasons at Minnesota.
The Marlins held the #305OnTheRise: 2020 Draft Show on Wednesday, giving fans unique access to Miami’s draft room as well as the exciting opportunity to hear from the third overall pick. Throughout the night, Baseball Operations executives Michael Hill, Gary Denbo and DJ Svihlik joined the show along with former first round picks Connor Scott and Trevor Rogers. The entire show is available at YouTube.com/Marlins and on the @Marlins social channels on Facebook and Twitter.
The Draft resumes tomorrow with Rounds 2-5 beginning at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and MLB Network. For additional information on the 2020 Miami Marlins, visit Marlins.com.