Dan Meyer, a former first-round pick of the Braves, pitched in only 13 games with the Marlins last season following a breakout 2009. The reliever inked a minor league pact with the Phillies today.
Beerleaguer: Fans familiar with Meyer’s high school achievements with Kingway Regional High School in Woolwich Township, N.J. and James Madison alumni alike have been waiting and waiting for Meyer to stick. They believed it finally happened in ’09 after he was claimed off waivers from Oakland and pitched a breakout 71-game season as a member of the Marlins bullpen. He was even pushed into the closer role temporarily and at one point was seen as a candidate to fill the role permanently. Armed with a good slider but not the complimentary tools to succeed as a starter, Meyer, who went from the Braves to the A's as part of the Tim Hudson deal, recorded a 3.09 ERA in ’09 and entered 2010 as no less than the Marlins’ second bullpen lefty. Unfortunately, a calf injury crippled him right out of the chute and he pitched in only 13 games, allowing 10 runs in 9 1-3 innings, before he was sent down to the minors for good in mid-July. He spent almost the entire season in Triple-A New Orleans, posting a 3.38 ERA and 27/16 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. His days of being a starter are completely over. He’s not exactly a prototypical loogy, either; left-handed hitters have fared better against him than righties over his career (.816 OPS/.788). And aside from ’09, his big league career has been a disaster.
Crazy inconsistency about sums it up. A reliable JMU source says Meyer hasn’t always been forthcoming about his injuries, which might explain it. Browsing the metrics, it’s very tough to get a handle on him statistically. It’s obviously not a good sign that several cash-strapped clubs have totally given up on a youngish, lefty former first-rounder. Still, I’d take him over Mike Zagurski, Scott Mathieson and a host of others. Look at him as a bargain reclamation project who should be healthy and ready next season. Maybe some home cooking will do him some good.