The Washington Nationals have to be excited at another young pitcher coming up through the system. 2011 first round pick, 23rd overall, Alex Meyer, made his first start in High A Potomac today and dazzled Potomac fans. The 6'9" right-hander threw 6 scoreless innings while scattering just 3 hits. He allowed 1 walk while fanning 7 batters.
Meyer was promoted this week from Low A Hagerstown after posting a 7-4 record with a 3.10 ERA. Meyer was second in the Nationals system with 107 strikeouts, behind Nathan Karns, who has fanned 120 batters.
Karns followed a similar path, starting the season in Hagerstown recording a 3-0 record in 11 games, 5 of which were starts. Karns record a 2.03 ERA in Hagerstown, fanning 61 batters while yielding 21 walks. Since being promoted to Potomac, Karns has not disappointed, making 8 starts and posting a 5-2 record with a 2.12 ERA. He has 59 strikeouts to 17 walks.
Chad Tracy made a rehab start for Potomac going 1 for 3. Rick Hague, Jason Martinson, and Michael Taylor homered for the PNats to help Meyer coast to his first Potomac win.