50 in 50: Anthony Meo

Draft : : Top Prospects
Allan Simpson        
Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Anthony Meo
RHP / Coastal Carolina

Bats-Throws: R-R
Height/Weight: 6-2/185
Hometown: Cranston, R.I.
Previously Drafted: Nationals ’08 (43)
Birthdate: Feb, 19, 1990

Meo stamped himself as a potential first-rounder for this year’s draft by going 13-2, 2.60 as a sophomore as the staff ace for a 2010 Coastal Carolina team that was the best in that school’s increasingly-relevant baseball history. With Meo leading the way, Coastal narrowly missed making its first appearance in the College World Series, losing out to state rival South Carolina, the eventual national champion, in super-regional play. Typical of almost every Coastal Carolina player, Meo was a prominent out-of-state recruit. He was a big fish in a small pond at Rhode Island’s Cranston West High, leading that school to back-to-back state titles as a sophomore and junior. That ended a drought of 30 years, and essentially ended a decade-long period of dominance by traditional Rhode Island prep power Bishop Hendricken High. Meo weighed a 43rd-round offer from the Washington Nationals out of high school, and his decision to attend Coastal Carolina should pay off handsomely in this year’s draft. He went a combined 22-4, 2.75 with 66 walks and 162 strikeouts in 174 innings in his first two seasons with the Chanticleers, and ended the 2011 regular season at 8-3, 2.42 with 28 walks and 99 strikeouts in 93 innings. His success in college has closely paralleled Coastal Carolina’s rise to prominence in national baseball circles in recent years. Meo has succeeded mainly with a fastball in the 92-96 mph range, peaking at 98, and an 87-89 mph slider. He has been the quintessential power righthander who lacks finesse in his approach, and will need to harness his fastball control and command as he progresses. In particular, he still needs to develop his changeup to give him a reliable third pitch, and continue to refine his delivery in order to fine tune his command. At this point, Meo will likely be drafted as a projectable starter. But his ability to refine his changeup and smooth out his mechanics at the professional level may ultimately determine whether he’ll remain a starter or become a closer as he makes his inevitable climb to the big leagues.

Projected Draft Position:
Late first round / compensation round.

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