Saturday, January 08, 2005

Dan Meyer Report

Dan Meyer, LHP, Oakland Athletics
Drafted 34th Overall, 2002 Draft, James Madison
Bats R/Throws L
23 YO, 6'3", 190 lbs

Meyer is the big payoff that the A's recieved for Tim Hudson, though Juan Cruz is no slouch. Meyer looks like he's ready to jump into somebody's rotation. He sports a low 90's fastball and a really nice slider.

Meyer split the season between the Southern League and the International League. At Greenville, he dominated with a 2.22 ERA, 86 K's, 12 walks, 50 hits, and only 1 home run allowed in 65 innings. Upon moving up to Richmond, he maintained a strong 2.79 ERA, but his ratios deteriorated a bit with his strikeouts sliding down to 60, his walks rising to 25, and hits and home runs allowed going up to 62 and 6 in 61 1/3 innings.

He is pencilled in as a member of the A's 2005 rotation, though he'll have to audition for that spot in spring training. He should spend most of the season in the rotation even if he doesn't win a spot out of the box. He may struggle a bit though if for no other reason than because most rookie starters have a steep learning curve in the big leagues, no matter how good they were in the minors.

ETA: Opening Day
4 Stars



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