Max Meyer’s dad all smiles day after son picked No. 3 by Miami Marlins

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Max Meyer’s dad, Kent, played football at St. Olaf. But after his son was the first pitcher off the board in the 2020 MLB Draft, he’s ready to concede that Max is the best athlete in the family. At pick No. 3, the Miami Marlins selected Max.

We talked with the proud papa on Thursday afternoon, who said he’s gotten over 100 congratulatory texts from family and friends.

***Click the video box on this page to watch our chat with Max’s dad, and to see Max in action***

Max spent his Thursday afternoon going through his normal routine, working out at a facility in Eagan. He’s expected to sign his contract with Miami in the coming days. It’ll be worth around $6.7 million, pending a physical.

Meyer is the first Gopher to be drafted that high since Paul Molitor was selected in 1977 as the third overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers.

The six-foot, 185-pound Woodbury-native was a preseason All-American last season, and posted a team-low 1.95 ERA and a team-high 46 strikeouts across 27 2/3 innings pitched in 2020, according to the Gophers athletics website.

Twins scouting director Sean Johnson told our Darren ‘Doogie’ Wolfson that Meyer’s slider is one of the best off-speed pitches he’s ever evaluated in his 15+ years.