Dan Meyer (pitcher)
Born: July 3, 1981|
Woodbury, New Jersey
|September 14, 2004 for the Atlanta Braves|
Last MLB appearance
|July 10, 2010 for the Florida Marlins|
|Earned run average||5.46|
He played college baseball at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia under head coach Spanky McFarland. He was a member of the Dukes' 2002 NCAA Tournament team. After going 9-2 with a 3.15 Earned run average and ninety strikeouts in 97 innings that season, the touted prospect was drafted in the first round (34th overall) in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the Atlanta Braves.
Used as a starter in the minor leagues, Meyer went 3-3 with a 2.74 ERA and 77 strikeouts his first professional season with the Appalachian League's Danville Braves. Despite a losing record (7-10) in 2003 for the Rome Braves and Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Meyer posted a modest 2.87 ERA, while striking out 158 batters in 160 innings pitched.
He began the 2004 season with the Double-A Greenville Braves, and ended it with a September call up to Atlanta. Meyer appeared in two games for the Braves, both against the New York Mets. He faced a total of eight batters, allowing two hits and striking out one. At the 2004 Winter meetings, Meyer was traded to the Oakland Athletics, along with pitcher Juan Cruz and outfielder Charles Thomas, for ace Tim Hudson.
After posting a 7.78 ERA in 6 games (4 starts) in Spring training 2005, Meyer was reassigned to the triple A Sacramento River Cats. For the first time in his minor league career, Meyer struggled in Sacramento. He led the River Cats pitching staff with eight losses (versus two wins) in nineteen games (17 starts), and landed on the disabled list twice with soreness in his pitching shoulder. His 5.36 ERA was a career high, as were his earned run (53), home run (15) and walk (43) totals. His strikeout numbers also declined from the days of being a prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization.
Meyer would spend most of his Oakland Athletics career in Sacramento, compiling a 23-18 record with a 4.40 ERA and 306 strikeouts in four seasons. During the 2006 season, he had season ending surgery in which bone chips were removed from his shoulder. He returned healthy in 2007, going 6-2 with a 3.40 ERA through the middle of August to earn his first call to the majors since joining his new organization. Making his first career start on August 17 at McAfee Coliseum, Meyer lasted just four innings against the Kansas City Royals, who fell a single short of hitting for the cycle in the first inning. All told, he walked two, allowed two home runs, two triples and uncorked a wild pitch for a total of six runs (3 earned) in picking up the loss.
He returned to Sacramento after the game, where he picked up two more wins with a 2.25 ERA before receiving his third call up to the majors when rosters expanded in September. He pitched 12.1 innings that September, compiling a 9.49 ERA and one loss. He returned to the A's as a reliever in 2008, and was fairly effective in his first two appearances (4 strikeouts in 5 innings, no earned runs) before making a start. He lasted five innings and gave up three earned runs, all on solo home runs, to take the loss. From there, his season spiraled downward. He went 0-3 with a 10.19 ERA in eight games over the rest of the season.
Following the 2008 season, Meyer was claimed off waivers by the Florida Marlins. He earned a job in the Marlins bullpen for 2009, and soon emerged as one of manager Fredi Gonzalez's top relievers. On June 12, Meyer earned his first major league win against the Toronto Blue Jays. Two weeks later, he earned his first career save against the Baltimore Orioles.
Through the All-Star break, Meyer was 2-0 with two saves and a 1.78 ERA, however, Meyer's success would be short lived. His ERA soared in the second half to 5.09. His 2010 season with the Marlins started out very badly, and continued to get worse as time went by. He was optioned down to the triple A New Orleans Zephyrs with a 10.80 ERA after his first twelve appearances. After working out mechanical issues, he returned to the big league club on July 9. He pitched one scoreless inning the following day before being shut down for the season with a calf injury.
The Philadelphia Phillies signed Meyer to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring training during the off-season. On March 18, 2011, he was reassigned to minor league camp. He requested his release on April 3, and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates shortly afterwards.
Though Meyer's time with the Phillies was brief and included no regular season experience, it provided one of the more interesting footnotes to his career. Antonio Bastardo, with whom Meyer competed for a lefty spot in the Phillies bullpen that Spring, was suspended by Major League Baseball on August 5, 2014 for his connection to Biogenesis of America. The news prompted the following tweet from Meyer on Twitter:
|“||Hey Antonio Bastardo, remember when we competed for a job in 2011. Thx a lot. #ahole||”|
He pitched only 19 1/3 innings for the Pirates' triple A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians with a 7.45 ERA before his season was cut short by a second shoulder surgery. He recovered from his surgery too late to try to catch on with a Major League team for 2012, so he joined the Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks midway through the season. He appeared in eighteen games for the Ducks, and was 2-6 with a 7.02 ERA.
In November 2012, Meyer signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles. He did not pitch at all in 2013 after failing to make the team in Spring training.
In March 2015, Meyer was hired by the Atlanta Braves as a minor league pitching rehabilitation coordinator.
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- Wallace Matthews & Todd Wills (August 5, 2013). "MLB Suspends 13, Including A-Rod". ESPN.
- Mike Oz (August 5, 2013). "Former Phillies Pitcher Dan Meyer Calls Out Antonio Bastardo After He’s Linked to PEDs". Yahoo!.
- Bill Evans (May 10, 2012). "Kingsway Regional High School Product Dan Meyer Trying to Make Way Back to Big Leagues". NJ.com.
- Blaine Blontz (November 13, 2012). "Orioles sign Daniel McCutchen, Dan Meyer". SB Nation.
- Bowman, MArk (March 3, 2015). "Minor League pitching rehab coordinator". MLB.com. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)