Meyer Turning Some Heads

Pitcher Ajay Meyer has been making strides throughout the 2011 Appalachian League season. The 6-foot-6 right-hander has been working on improving his fastball velocity and reworking the way he throws his curveball.

Meyer, who was signed by the Blue Jays this summer as an undrafted free agent, has posted a 3.02 ERA while logging more innings than any other Bluefield pitchers.

"I think I've been doing pretty well," said Meyer. "I've had some tough no decisions. Overall I think I've thrown the ball pretty well for my first year playing pro ball."

"I think Ajay has had a little bit of an up and down type of season," Bluefield manager Dennis Holmberg said. "When I say up and down, I mean that in a mild way. He hasn't been really high. He hasn't been low. He's just had little bumps in the road."

Meyer has pitched 65.2 innings, the third-most in the Appalachian League this season. He is not stranger to working deep into games. He tossed 19 complete games in his two-year career at NCAA Division II Ashland University.

Meyer worked with Bluefield pitching coach Antonio Caceres to make some changes to his mechanics.

"We were mostly working on staying tall rather than hunching down when I'm throwing," said Meyer.

"He was a little bit flat when he got here," said Caceres. "He's got better tail on the ball now. I like his mechanics right now."

A key to Meyer's success since joining Bluefield has been his curveball. Caceres has worked with him to throw it from more of a 90-degree arm angle, rather than the 2 o'clock slot he previously threw it from.

"When I came here my curveball was more three-quarter," said Meyer. "[Caceres] got me to throw more of a 12-6 curveball. So I feel my curveball has changed a lot and has helped throughout the process."

With a fastball that currently tops out around 91 mph, Meyer is looking to build his arm strength.

"I want to improve on getting stronger and getting more miles per hour to my fastball," said Meyer.

Caceres said that Meyer sometimes works too quickly. He wants him to know when to slow the game down when he is on the mound.

"Sometimes he doesn't know how to slow down," said Caceres. "He needs to learn how to back off, slow down, and go easier, [and] get back to doing what he does best.

"Sometimes he just wants to work too quick and he starts elevating the ball a little bit. When the pitches aren't going your way, you've got to slow down and regroup and recognize when you're going too fast."

Meyer is looking to continue making improvements during the remainder of the season and hopes to start working his way up through the system.

"I just keep coming out here every day grinding," said Meyer. "I'm just going to keep working out to get stronger and more physically in shape and better myself."

"He's like anybody else out there that's going to take the mound," said Holmberg. "Do I think he could be doing a little bit better? Sure. I could say that about a lot of guys out there. I'm happy with his progress and the results."


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\r\n \r\n\r\nMeyer, who was signed by the Blue Jays this summer as an undrafted free agent, has posted a 3.02 ERA while logging more innings than any other Bluefield pitchers.
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\r\n\"I think I've been doing pretty well,\" said Meyer. \"I've had some tough no decisions. Overall I think I've thrown the ball pretty well for my first year playing pro ball.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"I think Ajay has had a little bit of an up and down type of season,\" Bluefield manager Dennis Holmberg said. \"When I say up and down, I mean that in a mild way. He hasn't been really high. He hasn't been low. He's just had little bumps in the road.\"
\r\n
\r\nMeyer has pitched 65.2 innings, the third-most in the Appalachian League this season. He is not stranger to working deep into games. He tossed 19 complete games in his two-year career at NCAA Division II Ashland University.
\r\n
\r\nMeyer worked with Bluefield pitching coach Antonio Caceres to make some changes to his mechanics.
\r\n
\r\n\"We were mostly working on staying tall rather than hunching down when I'm throwing,\" said Meyer.
\r\n
\r\n\"He was a little bit flat when he got here,\" said Caceres. \"He's got better tail on the ball now. I like his mechanics right now.\"
\r\n
\r\nA key to Meyer's success since joining Bluefield has been his curveball. Caceres has worked with him to throw it from more of a 90-degree arm angle, rather than the 2 o'clock slot he previously threw it from.
\r\n
\r\n\"When I came here my curveball was more three-quarter,\" said Meyer. \"[Caceres] got me to throw more of a 12-6 curveball. So I feel my curveball has changed a lot and has helped throughout the process.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith a fastball that currently tops out around 91 mph, Meyer is looking to build his arm strength.
\r\n
\r\n\"I want to improve on getting stronger and getting more miles per hour to my fastball,\" said Meyer.
\r\n
\r\nCaceres said that Meyer sometimes works too quickly. He wants him to know when to slow the game down when he is on the mound.
\r\n
\r\n\"Sometimes he doesn't know how to slow down,\" said Caceres. \"He needs to learn how to back off, slow down, and go easier, [and] get back to doing what he does best.
\r\n
\r\n\"Sometimes he just wants to work too quick and he starts elevating the ball a little bit. When the pitches aren't going your way, you've got to slow down and regroup and recognize when you're going too fast.\"
\r\n
\r\nMeyer is looking to continue making improvements during the remainder of the season and hopes to start working his way up through the system.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just keep coming out here every day grinding,\" said Meyer. \"I'm just going to keep working out to get stronger and more physically in shape and better myself.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"He's like anybody else out there that's going to take the mound,\" said Holmberg. \"Do I think he could be doing a little bit better? Sure. I could say that about a lot of guys out there. I'm happy with his progress and the results.\"
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