Meisinger Flies from Orioles to Cardinals

photo: Ryan Meisinger (Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports)

One bird-themed Major League team made additional room for moves in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft while another preferred to pass, adding a player via waivers instead.

Ryan Meisinger (Norfolk Tides)

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals claimed right-handed pitcher Ryan Meisinger off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. In doing so, the Cardinals used their last available 40-man roster spot, precluding their participation in the Major League phase of the Rule 5.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore waived the 24-year old to create a second open roster spot. Because of their 115-loss 2018 season, the O’s have the first pick in each round of the Rule 5 draft.

Meisinger is a Baltimore-area native who was both added to the 40-man and made his major league debut on June 29, 2018. The Orioles’ 11th-round pick in 2015 from Radford made 17 relief appearances and one disastrous bullpen game start in the majors. He logged a 6.43 ERA to go with 21 strikeouts, 10 walks and 18 hits allowed in 21 innings. One huge red flag is six long balls yielded.

Meisinger reached Triple-A for the first time in May. In the International League, the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder pitched well, with a 2.28 ERA along with 36 strikeouts against 10 free passes in 27 2/3 innings – and just one home run yielded. Of note is that he missed 2 ½ weeks in late July and early August with a shoulder injury, though when healthy, he returned to Baltimore to finish the season.

OriolesHangout.com offered this scouting report as they placed Meisinger 43rd on their Baltimore top prospect list for 2017:

Fastball/Slider reliever, high ¾ release and an arm stab that keeps the ball hidden adds deception. FB 92-94, arm-side run when he is sharp. Average SL, 82-84, throws it a lot, can command it at times… Middle relief profile.


Brian Walton’s take

The Cardinals now have another reliever to ride the I-55 shuttle to/from Memphis as needed, essentially replacing Conner Greene, who had yet to make his MLB debut before being waived and claimed by Kansas City. Meisinger has two additional option years remaining.

At this time, Meisinger is not entering The Cardinal Nation’s top prospect list for 2019.

And yes, this could get confusing as another pitcher, Casey Meisner, currently our no. 48 prospect, rises through the ranks of the Cardinals system.


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