Height: 6’0 Weight: 203 lbs
Baseball America: 154
MLB Pipeline: NR
Here's a minute of arguably the best breaking ball in the 2022 draft (yes, I'm that confident a year out lol)— Nathaniel Plotts (@nplotts5) August 24, 2021
Adam Maier's SL is one of the best I've seen at the amateur level. Ridiculously high spin/high spin eff combo w/ good velocity for the sweep
45% SL CSW on the Cape pic.twitter.com/XnVTSplEvW
Introducing Adam Maier
The thing about Adam Maier that stands out if his plus slider, though he’s got the potential for a plus curve as well. The fastball is more of an average offering, but he’s also fairly raw by college standards. He started out coming from Canada as a two way guy, then transferred into Oregon where he saw his stuff tick up as he gained more experience on the mound. Maier may have gone higher but he’s another one of the injured arms in this class, which pushed him down and made him available late on Day 2 of the draft.
Maier is another swing at upside. The Braves are getting a guy who still has room to grow as an arm coming from Canada with very limited time as a full time pitcher, and an even shorter time at a top program before the injury shut him down. The Braves are clearly betting on the stuff of a guy they like, which is also another bet on the player development system.