LEFT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: July 3, 1981
Height: 6′ 2″
Drafted: 1st Round, 34th Overall, 2002 (Atlanta)
How Acquired: Minor League Contract
College: James Madison University
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Meyer was once considered one of the top left-handed pitching prospects in the minors, but ran into injury problems just as he reached the majors, then later simply didn’t pitch well. He throws a low-90s fastball and a mid-80s slider, and also throws a change. Despite being used as a LOOGY in his one full major league season, he hasn’t had much of a platoon split. He’s a flyball pitcher and has had problems with gopher balls. The Pirates signed Meyer to a minor league contract at the beginning of April after the Phillies released him. They had also signed him to a minor league deal.
Had a very strong debut in advanced rookie ball.
Pitched well again, splitting season between the two class A levels and posting a 2.87 ERA at both stops. His WHIP also was nearly identical between low and high A, although his K/9 dropped. After the season, Baseball America rated him the sport’s #82 prospect.
Continued moving up quickly, splitting the season between AA and AAA. His ERA was very good at both stops, but his peripherals weren’t nearly as strong in AAA as in AA. His walk rate, for one thing, more than doubled. He made his major league debut for Braves in September. BA rated him baseball’s #43 prospect prior to 2005.
Atlanta traded Meyer to Oakland prior to the season as the primary compensation for Tim Hudson. The Braves under John Schuerholz had an uncanny knack for identifying which prospects to trade and which to keep, and it didn’t let them down this time. Meyer failed to win a rotation spot with the A’s, then struggled in AAA, making multiple trips to the disabled list.
Meyer continued struggling. He made ten AAA starts and eventually had surgery to remove bone chips from shoulder.
Had a bounce-back season in AAA, going 8-2, 3.39. His K/9 climbed back close to his earlier rates, but he was still walking a lot. He pitched briefly for the A’s in September and got bombed.
The A’s sent Meyer back to AAA. Despite the higher ERA, all his other numbers were virtually identical to 2007. He struggled again in a late season callup. The Marlins claimed him off waivers after the season.
Meyer spent the year in the Marlins’ bullpen and had his only good major league season, pitching mainly as a LOOGY. He appeared in 71 games and allowed a .219 average.
Struggled badly with the Marlins early in the season. Florida sent him to AAA and he had a good ERA there, although his K rate dropped.
The Pirates sent Meyer to Indianapolis after signing him and he pitched in relief, but ran into control problems. He walked 18 in 19.1 IP, including a six-walk outing outing in early July. He went on the DL at that point and did not return.
The Pirates were desperate to find left-handed relief options when they signed Meyer, but he obviously didn’t work out. He’ll be a free agent in the off-season.
|2011: Minor League Contract
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2002
MLB Debut: 2004
MiLB FA Eligible: Eligible
MLB FA Eligible: 2015
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2005, 2006, 2007)
MLB Service Time: N/A
|June 4, 2002: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1st (Supplemental) Round, 34th overall pick; signed on June 7.
December 16, 2004: Traded to Oakland with Juan Cruz and Charles Thomas for Tim Hudson.
November 3, 2008: Claimed off waivers by the Florida Marlins.
October 6, 2010: Granted free agency by the Florida Marlins.
November 17, 2010: Signed minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
April 3, 2011: Released by the Philadelphia Phillies.
April 5, 2011: Signed minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.