Prospects On Deck: Pitcher Casey Meisner – Mets
A pitching prospect who should take a giant leap forward in 2015.
Coming into the 2015 minor league season, one of the prospects who I had my eye on as a potential breakout candidate was a young Mets’ right- handed pitching prospect named Casey Meisner.
A third round pick in the 2013 draft out of a Texas high school, the 19-year old Meisner has always stood out because of his very tall, projectable frame. At 6’7” and only 190 lbs, Meisner is certainly an imposing figure on the mound, and has more room to fill out, which should allow him to add some extra velocity to his fastball that already sits around 92-93 mph on average.
Meisner also features a promising curveball with a nice break to it, which he has a good feel for, as well as a developing changeup. He also has very good control of his arsenal, an attribute that is often absent from the repertoires of young pitchers of similar height, as tall pitchers generally take longer to learn how to command their pitches and keep their walks down.
On Saturday, in his second start of the minor league season, Meisner showed everybody exactly how promising his future can be. In six innings, he struck out eight batters, while only allowing two walks and four hits for the Savannah Sand Gnats, the Mets full season A ball affiliate. Despite Savannah’s bullpen eventually blowing the lead, and his team losing the game, Meisner certainly pitched a great game, and lowered his season ERA to 2.45, with 12 strike outs in only 11 innings so far on the year.
In 2014, while pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets’ short season A ball team, Meisner shook off a semi- rough start to the season, and only allowed six eared runs in his last six starts, to go with a 38/6 K/BB ratio over that time, spanning 35.2 innings. On the 2014 season he had a 3.75 ERA, with a much better 67/18 K/BB ratio over 62.1 innings pitched.
Meisner’s 20th birthday is still roughly a month away, and his youth, combined with his quality stuff and ability to limit walks definitely makes him somebody to keep on your prospect radar. Most national prospect experts have not yet written much about Casey Meisner, as he has still yet to prove himself in full- season minor league ball (he pitched his 2014 season in the short- season NYPenn league). On that note, his first two starts in 2015 for Savannah were definitely an impressive start to the season for Casey, particularly his Saturday performance. His always impressive K/BB ratio, along with the fact that his body possesses the type of projectability that scouts typically drool over should lead him to greater national recognition as the season progresses, provided that he keeps up the good work.
In the near future, Meisner may very well be on the forefront of a new, up-and-coming wave of premier Mets pitching prospects (possibly alongside Marcos Molina), and he looks to prove himself further as he continues his climb up the organization’s ladder. His promising arsenal of stuff and control, along with his encouraging results so far in the Mets’ organization could lead to a promising career as an effective, innings eating starting pitcher, possibly in the middle of a rotation. If his curveball and changeup continue to progress, and he adds a tick or two to his fastball velocity, he may even be a #2 starter one day, as that might very well be a realistic future upside for Meisner.
The Mets have certainly had their share of pitching prospects who received large amounts of attention from national publications in the last few years, and Meisner could very easily be next in line. He’s definitely one of my picks for pitching prospects who should take a giant leap forward in 2015, and at the very least, he is someone to keep an eye on.