In just his first appearance for the Greensboro (N.C.) Bats, David Meyer proved his promotion was warranted.
A day after being called up from Oneonta, N.Y., the Yankees' short-season Class A team in the New York-Penn League, Meyer shut out the Macon Braves while throwing 95 pitches in seven innings. The former Kansas left-hander allowed two hits, struck out 11 and walked one to record the victory.
"I was very relaxed and it was one of those games where the ball kind of exploded," said Meyer, who was 3-4 with Oneonta before being promoted.
Meyer, a 6-5, 220-pounder from Tulsa, Okla., had a 7-6 record and 4.03 earned run average for KU in 1994. He compiled an 18-14 record in four years with the Jayhawks.
In the June draft, the Yankees selected Meyer in the seventh round.
The promotion to Greensboro, he said, wasn't a shock.
"I can't say I expected it, but it was one of my goals," Meyer said. "I felt I was more polished than the younger guys. I'm 22 and starting to catch up and play with guys my own age."
Meyer has thrived on facing hitters with wooden bats instead of the aluminum bats allowed in college.
"I knew they'd be using wooden bats and I'd have a better chance throwing inside, so I added that to my repertoire," Meyer said.
Meyer had a chance to turn pro last summer when he was picked by Toronto in the fourth round of the 1993 draft, but he returned for his senior season and hasn't regretted it.
"It put me closer to a degree and gave me another year of memories," Meyer said.
Meyer is 14 hours shy of a psychology degree. After Greensboro's season ends on Sept. 4, he plans to return to KU and work on his degree during the fall semester.
Meyer says he enjoys the minor-league environment.
"There's not as much glamor or Hollywood in the minors as there is in the majors," Meyer said. " We're always around kids, and there's a lot of promotions that let us interact with them. It's a real neat atmosphere."