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Updated: March 10th, 2013 10:39am
Twins’ top pitching prospect Alex Meyer among first round of cuts

Twins’ top pitching prospect Alex Meyer among first round of cuts

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Twins' first round of spring training cuts on Sunday included top pitching prospect Alex Meyer, who made quite the impression during his four weeks in camp.

Right-handers Bryan Augenstein and Esmerling Vasquez were also reassigned to minor league camp, as well as injured righties Nick Blackburn and Lester Oliveros.

The demotion of the 23-year-old Meyer comes as no surprise. He has yet to pitch above A-ball and figures to start the season with Double-A New Britain.

But with his mid-90's sinking fastball and good command of his off-speed stuff, Meyer showed an ability to hang with major league competition this spring.

After Meyer's solid outing against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park 10 days ago, general manager Terry Ryan said Meyer "was probably as impressive as you were hoping to see. He threw hard, he's got a power sinker, he's got a power curveball, he was throwing strikes, he was competitive, he was aggressive. ...

"Meyer is just funky enough to be scary, because he is 6-9, and it is a little bit of a low three-quarters (delivery), and the ball really sinks. It's tough to throw 94, 95, 96 miles per hour with that type of sink, because when you throw that hard you'd think it wouldn't have time to sink. Well, his has power sink."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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