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Daniel Livingston Meyer

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Dan Meyer, one of two players by that name who have played in the major leagues, pitched 2 games at age 22 for the Atlanta Braves in 2004. He returned to the major leagues late in the 2007 season with the Oakland Athletics and continued to pitch until 2010.

Meyer attended James Madison University and had a record of 9-2 with an ERA of 3.15 in 2002. He was drafted #34 overall in the supplemental first round by the Braves in the 2002 amateur draft. He was signed by scout J.J. Picollo and made his pro debut that summer. In the minors from 2002-2004, he pitched well, with ERAs that were always better than 3.00 in the rookie league, Single A, Double A, and Triple A.

In his two games in the majors in 2004, he gave up no runs in 2 innings. The Braves won the division that year, and Meyer was the youngest pitcher on a staff whose age averaged 30.1 years old.

Meyer was included in a major trade with the Oakland Athletics in December 2004; he was sent to Oakland alongside pitcher Juan Cruz and outfielder Charles Thomas for ace pitcher Tim Hudson. He was considered the key player in that deal for Oakland, but he spent the 2005 and 2006 with the Sacramento Rivercats of the Pacific Coast League battling injuries both seasons. He went 2-8, 5.36, the first year and 3-3, 5.32, the second.

In 2007, Meyer pitched one game with the AA Midland RockHounds before returning to Sacramento. Finally healthy, he had a solid season, posting an 8-2 record with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts, while striking out 105 batters in 115 innings. He made his Oakland debut in mid-August, returned to AAA, and was called up again when rosters expanded after September 1st. However, American League batters gave him some trouble, as he gave up 20 hits and 9 walks in 16 innings for a 8.82 ERA. Still, he has regained his status as a top prospect. However, that was ended by a poor performance in 2008. He pitched only 11 times at the major league level, with an ERA of 7.48 and a record of 0-4. He was placed on waivers after the season and claimed by the Florida Marlins.

With the Marlins, he spent his only full season in the majors in 2009, pitching 71 times with a record of 3-2, 3.02 with 2 saves. He was used mainly as a LOOGY, pitching 58 1/3 innings while striking out 56 batters. That was finally a good season, but it turned out to be a flash in the pan. In 2010, he pitched only 13 times, went0-1 with a 9.64 ERA and gave up 15 hits and 12 walks in 9 1/3 innings. His final major league appearance came on July 10th. In 2011, he was with the Indianapolis Indians in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, but a 7.45 ERA in 14 games led to his release. He pitched one final season, with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League in 2012, but after putting up an ERA above 7.00 again, he retired.

Meyer became a coach with the Danville Braves in 2014, and was promoted to Minor League Pitching Rehab Coordinator by the Braves before the 2015 season, a newly created position. Meyer was still listed as the pitching coach for Danville in 2015. He became pitching coach of the Rome Braves in 2016.

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