Benjamin K. Meyer...finished collegiate career at Minnesota with 13-17 record and 3.07 ERA (288.0/98) over 59 appearances (39 starts)...was second on Golden Gophers all-time innings pitched list and seventh in strikeouts (219)...earned Gold Gopher's David Winfield Pitcher of the Year award in senior season after going 4-6 with 4.31 ERA in 14 starts...graduated from Totino Grace High School (MN) and was an all-city selection as a senior and allconference honoree as a junior and senior...has older twin sisters (Jamie and Jody) who played basketball at Abilene Christian.
Split the year between Miami and Triple-A New Orleans, going 0-0 with 10.42 ERA (19.0 ip/22 er) in 13 games with the Marlins over four stints...In 15 games (11 starts) overall with New Orleans, went 5-4 with 4.24 ERA (63.2/30), and 49 strikeouts to 19 walks...Began season with New Orleans, going 3-4 with a 4.09 ERA (50.2/23) and 39 strikeouts to 14 walks in 10 starts...Went 1-2 with a 2.30 ERA (27.1/7) in five starts in April...Had contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans on June 6; made MLB debut June 7 at St. Louis (1.0 ip)...First two appearances with Miami were scoreless (3.0 ip)...Recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on August 24 for final time, making four appearances over the remainder of the season.
Combined to go 6-3 with one save and 2.02 ERA (111.1 ip/25 er) in 32 games (12) starts between Single-A Greensboro and Single-A Jupiter. ..Established career highs in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts (134). Ranked second among organizational pitchers in strikeouts...Began season at Greensboro, and in 12 games went 2-0 with 2.15 ERA (29.1/7) with six walks and 40 strikeouts...Earned first win in first appearance of season, April 7 vs. Hickory, tossing 2.1 innings...Claimed second win on May 20 vs. Delmarva in 2.0-inning outing. ..Of 12 appearances in Greensboro, all but two went 2.0-or-more innings. Tossed season-high 4.0 relief innings on April 20 vs. Augusta... Promoted to Jupiter on May 25 and in 20 games (12 starts), owned 4-3 record with 1.98 ERA (82.0/18). ..Led Florida State League in ERA and WHIP (0.93) from time of promotion through end of season. Ranked second in strikeouts (94) and average against (.201) over same span...First five appearances with Jupiter came out of bullpen, allowing just one run over 10.0 innings ...Earned first win with Jupiter in debut, May 28 vs. Bradenton. Allowed one hit with five strikeouts over 2.0 innings...Made first start with Hammerheads on June 23 at Palm Beach, allowing one run on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts over 4.0 innings. ..Struck out nine batters in July 4 loss at Florida City, marking season high. ..Tossed season-high 7.0 innings in July 9 win vs. St. Lucie. Allowed two hits, one run and one walk while striking out six...Earned third career save on July 24 at Daytona, tossing season-high tying 4.0 scoreless relief innings. Allowed two hits and struck out four...Tied season-high with 7.0 innings on July 29 vs. Lakeland. Surrendered four hits and one unearned run with no walks and six strikeouts...Made five starts with Salt River in Arizona Fall League, going 0-1 with 6.00 ERA (24.0/16)