Pirates Sign Dan Meyer

The Pirates have signed Meyer to a minor league deal.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left handed reliever Dan Meyer to a minor league contract, Pirates Prospects has learned.  Meyer, a former first round pick from the 2002 draft, was recently released by the Philadelphia Phillies, after failing to make the team as a non-roster invitee.

Meyer has pitched 113.2 innings in the majors, with a 5.46 ERA, spending most of his time with the Oakland Athletics and the Florida Marlins.  The 29 year old left hander hasn’t been a LOOGY option, with an .816 OPS against left handers, compared to a .788 OPS against right handers.  His best year came in 2009, when he posted a 3.09 ERA in 58.1 innings.  During that season he had a .674 OPS vs left handers, and a .605 OPS against right handers.

Meyer will serve as AAA depth, pitching out of the Indianapolis bullpen.  Last year at the AAA level he had a 3.38 ERA in 40 innings, with a 6.1 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9 ratio.  Meyer was once a key piece in the Tim Hudson trade between Oakland and Atlanta, with a 90-93 MPH fastball, and a chance to be a starter, although he never made the successful jump to the majors.



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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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