Saints Bring Back Familiar Face, Sign Pitcher Matt MeyerST. PAUL, MN July 19, 2014
SAINTS BRING BACK FAMILIAR FACE, SIGN PITCHER MATT MEYER
ST. PAUL, MN (July 19, 2014) – Down to 10 pitchers and playing 15 games in 13 days the St. Paul Saints were in need of an arm. They found one in a familiar face signing left-handed reliever Matt Meyer. In order to make room for Meyer on the roster they placed infielder Joe Bonfe on the disabled list with an injured hamstring.
The 29-year-old Meyer pitched for the Saints last season and went 6-5 with a 4.12 ERA and 14 saves in 39 relief appearances. In 39.1 innings pitched he walked 27 and struck out 43 while opponents hit .214 against him.
This will be the third time Meyer has pitched for the Saints. Meyer had a season unlike any other when he joined the Saints on June 25, 2010. He went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and nine saves in 18 appearances. In 21.1 innings pitched he allowed just six hits while walking eight and striking out 42 while opponents hit a microscopic .082 against him. At the time his 21.1 consecutive scoreless innings were a franchise record. It was topped the next season by Caleb Thielbar, currently pitching for the Minnesota Twins, who tossed 29.2 consecutive scoreless innings. Those eye-popping numbers made the Angels take notice and on August 17 they purchased his contract from the Saints and placed him at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He finished up the season there going 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA and one save in seven games. In 8.1 innings pitched he didn’t walk a hitter and struck out 12.
In 2011 he was invited to Big League Camp during spring training and then began the season at Double-A Arkansas and was tremendous until an injury sidelined him for nearly a month and a half. After doing a rehab stint in the Arizona League he was promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake City. Between the three stops he was incredible going 2-4 with a 2.29 ERA and two saves in 35 relief appearances. In 39.1 innings pitched he walked 25 and struck out 59 while opponents hit a miniscule .165 against him.
In 2012 Meyer spent all year at Triple-A Salt Lake City where he went 1-2 with a 6.26 ERA in 51 appearances. In 41.2 innings pitched he walked 41 and struck out 38 while opponents hit .291 against him.
Meyer hails from Rochester, MN and went to Mayo High School. He was a 15th round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the 2006 June Amateur Draft out of Boston College. He spent 2006-09 with the Indians organization reaching Triple-A Columbus in 2009. He began the 2010 season with the St. Louis Cardinals organization at Double-A Springfield before being released and signing with the Saints.
The Saints roster stands at the league maximum 22, 11 pitchers and 11 position players.