Anthony Meo has first-round stuff

Updated: March 19, 2011, 11:15 AM ET
By Keith Law

Coastal Carolina's Anthony Meo pitched at Pepperdine on Friday -- in a setting so stunning I'm surprised I remember anything that happened during the game (and am now questioning my choice of alma mater) -- with a number of scouting directors and cross-checkers in attendance, and he didn't disappoint. Based on what he showed over the first few innings, he looks extremely likely to go in the first round, probably in the top 20-25, as long as he maintains this type of stuff.

Meo sat 93-96 in his outing, and there was more 96 than 93 to it. The pitch doesn't have great life but he showed some ability to get on top of the ball and drive it down to the lower half of the zone. He struggled to command it in the first inning, throwing about three that were either insanely high or to the backstop, but he settled down after that. He paired it with a hard, intermittently plus slider at 86-90 that, when it was on, had very sharp, late bite, although most of the swings and misses on the pitch were on sliders out of the zone. He tried to flash a curveball but had no feel for it.