Justin Meis

Born: November 23, 1999
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 160
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Round 10, 283rd Overall, 2021
How Acquired: Draft
College: Eastern Michigan University
Agent: N/A

Meis started for three years at Eastern Michigan.  He struggled as a freshman and, of course, most of his sophomore season was lost to the pandemic.  As a junior in 2021, he had a 4.64 ERA, with 33 walks and 81 strikeouts in 73.2 IP.  He went on to put up a 2.08 ERA with three walks and 17 strikeouts in 17.1 IP in the Cape Cod League.  Meis throws from a 3/4 angle, with a 94-95 mph fastball and a very sharp breaking ball that’s his out pitch.  He’s also been improving his change, which has a lot of fade away from left-handed batters.  Shortly after the draft, he signed for a little under the slot value of $149,500.

A:  1-1-0, 2.04 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 17.2 IP, 4.6 BB/9, 13.8 K/9

Unlike the rest of their 2021 pitching draftees, the Pirates got Meis on the mound pretty soon after the draft, sending him to Bradenton in early August.  He got into ten games, all in relief, and got very good results.  The ERA is probably a little misleading, as over half the runs he allowed were unearned and he had some control problems, but he missed a great many bats.  Left-handed hitters hit just .083 against him, right-handed hitters .267.

A:  3-4-0, 3.51 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 41.0 IP, 3.1 BB/9, 9.2 K/9
A+:  4-4-0, 4.44 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 73.0 IP, 4.1 BB/9, 9.1 K/9

The Pirates sent Meis back to Bradenton to open the season as a starter.  He made seven starts and three relief appearances there, then moved up to Greensboro for 16 starts.  His performances veered to extremes in either direction.  As an example, he gave up six runs in three and a third innings in his first start.  In his next two, he threw nine shutout innings, including a five-inning, two-hit, ten-strikeout performance.  In his first two starts for the Grasshoppers, he allowed eight runs while retiring only two batters total.  In his next game he threw six shutout innings with eight strikeouts.  Meis finished his Greensboro stint strongly, with a 3.07 ERA in August and September.

Meis should get a shot at Altoona in 2023.

2023: Minor league salary
Signing Bonus: $127,500
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2027
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
July 12, 2021: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round, 283rd overall pick; signed on July 16.