On Sunday night, just hours after the Miami Marlins wrapped up their three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies, the 2023 MLB Draft began. With the tenth pick, the Marlins took right-handed pitcher Noble Meyer out of Jesuit High School in Oregon.
“He was clearly the best high school pitcher in the country,” said Miami Marlins senior director of amateur scouting DJ Svihlik. “We didn’t expect him to fall all the way to us. When you have the opportunity to select something that you’re very confident in, then you’ve done a really good job, and that our evaluations of a lot of prospects in that position on the board, it’s very hard to pass.”
Meyer was the 2023 Gatorade Oregon Player of the Year during his senior season with a 0.33 ERA, 128 strikeouts and 19 walks through 63.0 IP.
“The thing that separated Noble was that just his ability to use his stuff to pitch to throw strikes and to do it on just a consistent basis,” said Svihlik.
The 6’5″ right-hander has a three-pitch mix of a fastball, slider, and changeup. Meyer was the seventh-ranked overall prospect in this draft class per Baseball America, eighth according to MLB Pipeline, 12th per FanGraphs and he ranked 26th on The Athletic’s list.
“I would say we were surprised that he fell to us,” said Marlins general manager Kim Ng. “This is a pitcher who we believe will be a top end of the rotation type pitcher.”
In terms of velocity, Meyer was frequently hitting 97-98 mph this past summer and told the media that his velo kept on increasing throughout the course of last season. Meyer still has a lot to work on and he admits it.
“Biggest thing would be fastball command,” said Meyer. “I mean, just getting those fastballs to where I need them. Not making those mistakes—the costly mistakes, at least—and then workload management.”
Meyer is committed to the University of Oregon. Ng is confident that they’ll be able to agree on a signing bonus and bring him to the pros. The No. 10 pick has a slot value of $5,475,300.
“Yes, I mean our scouts do a really nice job in terms of signability and, you know, we think he’s going to be a Marlin real soon,” said Ng.
The Marlins still have two picks to go on Day 1 of the MLB Draft: No. 35 and No. 47.