Daniel Livingston Meyer is a professional baseball player from the United States of America who plays as a pitcher. Meyer went to the Kingsway Regional High School where he was one of the top players. Meyer then went on to attend the James Madison University where he took his team to the 2002 playoffs with a 9-2 win-loss record and a 3.15 ERA. Meyer had 90 strikeouts in 97 innings.
At the 2002 MLB Draft, Meyer was picked at 34thoverall by the Atlanta Braves where his rise through the organization was phenomenal. 2003 was spent in the A-Division before he quickly rose to the AA-League in 2004 and subsequently to the AAA-League as well, in the same year. In the AA-League, he had a 6-3 win-loss record where his 2.22 ERA and a 11.91 K/9 got him into the AAA-League in the same year.
His rise continued with a 2.70 ERA in the AAA-League and got him a call-up to the Major League roster after just 11 starts. By September 2004, barely two years after graduating from college, Meyer was playing for the Atlanta Braves.
Meyer just played twice for the Braves in 2004 before getting traded out to the Oakland Athletics along with Juan Cruz and Charles Thomas in exchange for Tim Hudson.
His start with the Athletics didn’t go as well as planned as he managed only a 7.78 ERA during Spring Training and was sent to the Sacramento River Cats in the AAA-League. Meyer’ season went from bad to worse as he managed to lose the most games in the entire River Cats pitching staff, with 8 losses. His 2-8 win-loss record, coupled with a 5.36 ERA was the worst he has ever had. Meyer gave away 15 home runs and 43 walks along with 53 earned runs, the most in his career.
Despite this, Meyer had another shot at the AAA-League with the River Cats. This time, things were a little better as he ended with a 3-3 record and a 5.07 ERA before chipping the bone of his shoulder. Meyer underwent surgery and was out for the rest of the 2006 season, after just 10 starts.
2007 was Meyer’ third stint with the River Cats and finally, things began to click for Meyer who began putting up numbers that were more like his performances with the Braves. A 4.07 ERA was much better than his previous performances and got him into the MLB roster. At the end of the 2008 season, Meyer was waived off and the Florida Marlins decided to scoop him up and claimed him off waivers for the 2009 season.