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Post-draft interview: Max Meyer reacts to joining Marlins

Meyer being selected with the No. 3 overall pick was a surprise to most of industry, but not to the man himself, as he explains to Marlins broadcasters.


After being selected as the Marlins’ first-round draft pick on Wednesday night, Minnesota right-hander Max Meyer joined broadcasters Kyle Sielaff and Glenn Geffner to describe his emotions, his communication with the club throughout the 2020 MLB Draft process, how he developed into a premium pro prospect and much more. You can watch the entire conversation on Periscope beginning at the 1:59:41 mark.

On his first reaction to getting drafted: “You lose words when stuff like this happens and that’s kinda where I’m at right now.”

On talking with the Marlins leading up to the draft: “I had a really good meeting with them, I think, three days before the draft. They gave me a lot of tough questions, and they liked what I had and I liked what they had to offer. They were at a couple big games that I pitched—my Oregon one and then my North Carolina one. They were pretty fired up and I’m fired up right now, too.

On realizing he could be drafted highly: “I’d say just the strength gains I made over my sophomore year. I put on like 20 pounds and my velocity jumped up and I was like, ‘Alright, we got a shot of doing something special.’ I wasn’t really focused on the draft—I was focused on our team maybe being able to contend to get into (the College World Series).”

On his signature slider: “I started throwing it a bunch senior year of high school. I flip the grip around a little bit. I got pretty good feel on the mound and I can make adjustments, so if one grip isn’t working, I’ll switch over to the other.”

On being “undersized” for a starting pitcher: “I’ve heard it a bunch my whole life. But when I get out on the field and I see all these big boys, I just love to compete against them. It fires me up when people around me are also doing really well because that just brings my game to the next level.”

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On stay fit during COVID-19 shutdown: “I got hooked up with a private facility so I was able to get my five-days-a-week lifting program in that I did over the winter getting ready for the season, so I was able to stay in shape. I’m starting to ramp up throwing again, so I’m gonna be back here soon off the mound. I can’t wait to get back on it.”

On his readiness for potential 2020 MLB debut: “Whenever they need me, I’ll be ready to go. I’m just waiting on a call.”

On hobbies: “Just started to get into hunting. I love to fish every chance I can get. I hit the golf course—I’ll probably be golfing a lot. Just doing anything outside with the boys or whatever we can think of.”

On the best advice he’s received: “Just bet on yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t be anything. Dreams come true and they came true today for me.”

On professional career goals: “The first thing that I want to do is I want to win championships. I want to win World Series—that’s my main goal. Whether it’s me being (an MVP) or All-Star games, I don’t care. I want to get a ring on my finger.”