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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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Its February and Spring training is just two weeks away and down in the warm tropics of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico the Carribean World Series is taking place.
From February 2nd thru the 7th the Tournament features teams from host country Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
Former Chiefs players Luis Figueroa (PR), Michael Martinez (DR), Hugo Castellanos (Mex), Saul Rivera (PR), and Gustavo Molina (VZ) are participating.
2011 Free Agent Nationals players Kevin Barker (DR), Alex Cora (PR) and Edgardo Baez (PR) are also on rosters.
MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that former Chiefs utility man Pete Orr has signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and will be invited to spring training in February with a chance to make the major league roster.
Orr spent the past two seasons with the Chiefs and appeared in 257 games playing numerous positions on the field. Last season he set career marks with 32 doubles, led the International League with 8 triples and had a career high 12 home runs.
With Brian Bixler and Michael Martinez expected to return to Syracuse in 2011, Orr will get another chance to prove he belongs in the major leagues – this time with the Phillies.
Good Luck Pete, we loved having you in Syracuse the past two years.