Offseason Q&A: Brad Meyers
This is the first in our ongoing offseason series of Q%A sessions with former Chiefs.
Brad Meyers, a right-handed pitcher from last season’s team, was recently selected by the Yankees in Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 draft. Because Meyers was taken in the major-league phase (as opposed to the minor-league phase) of the draft, he will only remain with the Yankees if he makes the big-league club out of spring training and remains there during the entirety of the 2012 season. For a case study involving another ex-Chief, see Michael Martinez and the Phillies from last year.
I caught up with Brad recently via phone from his offseason home in California.
Jason: How did you find out you got picked?
Brad: I got woken up through a phone call from my agent at like 7 in the morning (pacific time), telling me I’m a Yankee. I knew the draft was that day, I just didn’t know what time it was. So, I just left my phone on and just got woken up to that. It’s pretty cool. I was excited. I didn’t need any coffee that morning.
J: The next 15 minutes involved you going back to sleep or running around the house. Which one was it?
B: My brother was getting up to go to work and I was up and at him. I’m not usually up that early, so it was pretty funny.
J: Who’d you tell next?
B: I texted my parents first. I kinda got blown up all day and spent a whole day responding back to people on Facebook and Twitter and text messages. It was kinda funny. It was a fun day. Exciting.
J: Did you have any idea you were going to get picked?
B: I had a little bit of an idea. My agent told me a few teams were interested. I wasn’t sure. I was hoping that I would. That was a big relief this year.
J: Hoping that you would because of the opportunity it presented to be in the big leagues?
J: Is there any pressure that coming along with [being selected]?
B: Actually, no. It would sound like it would be, but from going from not being put on the 40-man to having a shot at the Yankees’ big league team is a pretty big compliment to me, I think. I thought it was great.
J: You’re a West coast guy. Do the Yankees still mean something to you?
B: Yeah. I was never a Yankee fan growing up, but it’s kinda hard not to now.
J: Do you know anybody with the Yankees?
B: Colin Curtis I played some summer ball with and [Double-A pitcher) Cory Arbiso is a friend.
J: Who contacted you first from the Yankees?
B: It was [scouting director] Billy Eppler. He contacted me that day to say congrats and why they picked me.
J: Why is that?
B: They liked that I throw strikes, not lot of relief pitchers on the market, you’re not going to overpower people.
J: What do you do in the offseason?
B: I was in therapy all year last year [due to injury]. I usually give myself a month or two, travel a little bit, then I lift and then start throwing usually in December.
J: Did you go anywhere this year?
B: Vegas and Tennessee.
J: Do you own any Yankees stuff or is that bad karma?
B: I do not own any Yankees stuff.
J: You just don’t want to get your hopes up? Or you haven’t made it out shopping yet?
B: It’s just that I don’t know whether to think of it as a temporary thing or a permanent thing, ya know? Obviously, guys get sent back but I’m really not looking at it that way. I’m looking at it as an opportunity.
J: Isn’t it weird to be on a team but not really be on a team?
B: It is weird. It’s pretty difficult to explain to people. Nobody knows how it works and it’s kinda hard to explain it. I basically tell people it’s a tryout for the big team. That’s it.
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