Rebirth of Dan Meyer

Southpaw Dan Meyer was once a highly touted pitching prospect. He looked like a can’t miss MLB pitcher when the Braves selected him in the 1st round of the 2002 draft. He quickly rose through the minor league ranks and made his major league debut in September of 2004. At 23 yrs old, Meyer only pitched in 2 games for the Braves that September. In those 2 games he  gave up 2 hits, 1 Walk and 1 k and had an ERA of 0.00.

During the offseason the Braves acquired Ace Tim Hudson from the A’s in exchange for Meyer, Juan Cruz and Charles Thomas. So after just 2innings of work for the Braves the promising 23yr old Meyer was heading to Oakland.

Meyer was beat up in Oakland

Meyer was beat up in Oakland

Meyer never lived up to the expectations in Oakland. He was expected to contend for a spot in A’s rotation but he had a horrible spring in 2005 and was sent to the Minors.  Meyer then continued to struggle as he remained in the Minors the entire ’05 & ’06 seasons.

In 2007 Meyer started showing signs of progress in minors. His 6-2 record and 3.40 ERA were good enough for him to earn a call-up to the bigs in August. Meyer made 6 appearances for the A’s, 3 of which were starts, but his performance was sub par to say the least. The once highly touted prospect struggled, pitchers hit .294 off him as he went 0-2 with a 8.82ERA.

In 2008, the southpaw once again underperformed for the A’s. He pitched only 27.66 innings during his 11 appearances in the big leagues. He also made 4 starts but it made no difference whether he started or came out of the pen big league hitters continued to crush the ball. Opposing batters hit .304 off of Meyer which led to a horrific 7.48 ER, 1.77WHIP & 0-4 record.

That was then, This is now

Last November, The A’s waived Meyer. The Florida Marlins decided to take a shot on him and claimed him off waivers. Going into the spring not much was expected out of Meyer. He had a shot at contending for the last bullpen spot and that was about it. Meyer then put together a solid spring and made the club.

Meyer has taken advantage of his second chance with the Marlins. In 13.1 innings this season opposing batters are batting just .152 and that has lead to just a  2.03ERA for Meyer. He’s still hasn’t recorded his 1st career win but he also hasn’t been beaten in this season. Plus with 5 holds already he’s proven to be a very reliable arm out of the Marlins bullpen.

Meyer's performance is worth smiling about

Meyer's '09 pitching is worth smiling about

At 28yrs old Meyer appears to have finally found his place in the big leagues. There’s no reason that he shouldn’t continue having success for the Marlins.If you’re in a fantasy league that scores Holds then Meyer is definitely worth a look Deep or NL-Only leagues Meyer may be worth a look. He also is both SP&RP eligible so he can also be a valuable asset in leagues that have limited spots for relievers.

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