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Offseason Q&A: Brad Meyers

Hello all,

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?

B: Yeah.

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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If you have any former Chiefs you’d like to see us chat with, let us know at jasonbenetti@syracusechiefs.com or kevinbrown@syracusechiefs.com.

Jason

Spring Training Bracketology – Pitching

With two weeks gone in spring training 2010 the Washington Nationals roster is beginning to take shape.  In the spirit of the NCAA field of 65 announcement today we thought we would look at where the Nationals might be with their major league and minor league pitching staffs at this point.

Major League starting rotation:  John Lannan and Jason Marquis are locks, while Scott Olsen should be penciled in as the third starter.  Craig Stammen coming off late season surgery is good enough for the fourth spot with veterans Livian Hernandez and Miguel Batista are fighting for the 5th spot – that won’t be needed until April 19th due to off days.

Major League bullpen:  Matt Capps and Brian Bruney are the back end, while Tyler Clippard and lefty Sean Burnett will pitch early.  That leaves Jason Bergmann, who is out of options, and Tyler Walker, who has been hit hard to date to fill out the staff.    Batista could be used as well early of if he doesn’t make the rotation.  Lefty Ron Villone, a non-roster player and now 41 years old would give them a second lefty out of the pen but right now is the 13 pitcher on a 12 or 11 man staff. 

AAA-Syracuse Staff:  A good deal of this staff depends on the health and decisions made with Olsen, Batista and Hernandez, but the Chiefs appear loaded no matter what happens.

J.D. Martin, Garrett Mock, Shairon Martis, veteran lefties Matt Chico, Chuck James, Andrew Kown, Collin Balester, Luis Atilano and Aaron Thompson give the team a wealth of depth to choose from.  In addtion, where does Stephen Strasburg begin his baseball career?

Bullpen includes:  Six lefthanded pitchers are competing for two maybe three spots and include Doug Slaten, Victor Garate, Jesse English – all picked up in the off season, while Nationals prospects Attie Severino, Yunior Novoa and Jack Spradlin return.

From the righthanded side of the bullpen the guy drafted after Stephen Strasburg – Drew Storen has been fantastic in spring training and could begin the season in Washington, but most likley will start in Syracuse with veterans Logan Kensing, Ryan Speier, Joel Peralta, Rafael Martin and Nationals prospect Josh Wilkie giving the Chiefs quality to choose from.  The Nats could even move Collin Balester or Luis Atilano to the bullpen – similar to the last seasons experiment with Tyler Clippard that payed off nicely.

That’s 22 names for 12 roster spots – pitching in 2010 looks very strong.

And we haven’t even talked about these guys……

Jeff Mandel 12-6   3.38 ERA – AA/A last season

Eric Arnesen 12-7   3.52 ERA AA/A last season

Brad Meyers  11-3  1.72 ERA AA/A last season

Marcos Frias  9-5  2.91 ERA Single A last season

AJ Morris  0-4  3.38  ERA in Single A last season

Tom Millone  12-5  2.91 ERA in Single A last season

Willie Atwood  8-8  4.61 ERA in Single A last season

These pitchers will likely play in AA this season and earn AAA promotions at some point during the 2010 season.

Pitching is strong in this organization and it’s all coming very fast through Central New York this summer.

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