Meyer to represent Nationals at Futures Game

Meyer to represent Nationals at Futures Game

WASHINGTON -- As the Nationals' top pitching prospect, Alex Meyer has generated significant buzz since being drafted in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Next month, he'll be showcased as one of 10 pitchers for the U.S. Team in Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game.

The 14th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World team dugouts during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout.

Major League Baseball, along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters.

Drafted out of Kentucky, Meyer is a lanky 6-foot-9, 220-pound right-hander with two plus pitches -- a fastball that reaches 97 mph and a slider between 86-88 mph. In 14 starts this season for the Class A Hagerstown Suns, Meyer holds a 6-3 record with a 3.33 ERA in 70.1 innings pitched.

On Tuesday, Meyer was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for June 11-17. In two starts over that span, Meyer was 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 11 innings, surrendering just two earned runs.

Mike Fiammetta is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.