Friday, March 1, 2013

The 'Meyer' The Merrier? Not For The Red Sox

Pioneer Press: John Autey
As's Alex Speier points out, some in the Red Sox organization might have been experiencing some "coulda, woulda, shouldas" on Thursday. In a little noticed "B" game at jetBlue Park, a young Twins pitching prospect named Alex Meyer was quite literally 'in another league' compared with the other prospects participating in the game. His blazing fastball and deadly slider were making the competition look like Little Leaguers. Why would Ben Cherington be remorseful? Boston drafted the 6'9" Meyer out of high school in 2008, but the kid went to Kentucky instead—eschewing the jet-setting woo-fest put on by the Red Sox brass. Cherington was part of the Schmooz-A-Thon that tried to convince the 18-year old to forget bluegrass in favor of the green grass at Fenway Park. He demurred, and went as a first round pick of the Nationals in 2011. This off-season, he was dealt by Washington to Minnesota in exchange for Denard Span. And, because of all that, the Red Sox could only wonder what might have been.