Meszaros picked by Tampa Bay Rays in 39th round of MLB Draft

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 8, 2013

The Major League Baseball draft is based mostly on potential and Anchorage’s Johnny Meszaros looks to be the complete package.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound 18-year-year right-handed pitcher was picked today by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 39th round of the first-year player draft.

He was the only Alaska player drafted this year.

“I feel really good,” he said. “It’s been cool, especially since I’ve never been drafted before … definitely different. It’s nice to know you have professional potential and they see something in you.”

Meszaros said his fastball has been clocked at 88 to 92 mph.

The Service High all-conference pitcher has been lights-out in his past two starts, throwing 13 scoreless innings while striking out 27. He threw a 1-hitter with 17 Ks to clinch the CIC pennant for the Cougars.

Scouts like his size, his mechanics and his fastball.

“They say I have a good frame and a good, clean arm action,” he said. “They say I have a lot more in the tank.”

Meszaros has committed to Central Arizona to play college baseball this fall.

It was in Arizona where he made his name when he played with a Canadian travel team in the spring and faced professional hitters.

He also pitched well in the prestigious Area Codes.

Since then he’s been a different pitcher.

“Actually something just clicked,” he said. “When I got back from Area Codes, it was a big eye-opener for me. It was huge. They just threw me into that situation and it just opened my eyes. It was like, ‘This is what I have to do to get to these guys’ level. Let’s do it.’

“I’m here now.”