Evan David Meek…Played one season at Bellevue (WA) Community College, earning all-conference honors on the mound…Transferred to Bellevue CC after one semester at Midland (TX) College…Also pitched at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, WA (graduated 2002)…Was named the 2010 Chuck Tanner Award winner by the Pittsburgh BBWAA chapter, given annually to the Pirates player deemed most cooperative with the media.
Made 33 appearances (15 GS) with Triple-A Round Rock in the TEX system, going 6-9 with 4 SV...His first 18 appearances were all out of the bullpen, including a season-high 3.2 IP in his final relief outing, June 8 vs. Iowa...Did not allow an earned run in 13 of his 18 relief outings...Moved into rotation on June 13 and went 6-6 with a 4.40 ERA (86.0IP, 42ER) in 15 starts (7 Quality Starts)...Tossed season-high 8.0 shutout innings, July 21 vs. Iowa.
Made 12 relief appearances over 3 stints with the Pirates...allowed runs in 5 of those games and permitted 4 of 5 inherited runners to score...had one hold and finished 5 games...
opponents batted .286, .179 (5-28) by RHB and .429 (9-21) by
LHB...opened the season with Pittsburgh for the 4th time in the
last 5 seasons and posted a 5.59 ERA (6 ER/9.2 IP) in 9 outings...was optioned to Indianapolis on April 30 and worked 6.0
scoreless innings in 4 games for the Indians to earn recall on
May 16...issued 3 runs in 1.0 inning on May 16 at WAS and returned to the minors on May 18...was recalled from Indianapolis
again on July 21 and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in 2 games
before returning to the Indians on July 25 for the remainder of the
season...compiled a 2.09 ERA (8 ER/38.2 IP) in 1st 28 games at
Indianapolis, including a 0.96 mark (1 ER/9.1 IP) in 7 contests in
July...had a 6.14 ERA (5 ER/7.1 IP) in final 8 outings beginning
August 7...held opponents to .201 average, .200 vs. RHB and
.203 vs. LHB...earned lone save on July 16 vs. Gwinnett...was
designated for assignment on Sept. 10.
Was a member of Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster for the third time
(also 2008 and 2010)...Gave up five runs (two earned) in 0.2ip in second game of the season
on 4/2 at Chicago and suffered lone blown save and loss (entered game with a 3-0 lead)...
Surrendered eight runs (five earned) in his first 11 games (8.0ip) with the Pirates thru 4/26...
Went on 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis on 4/30 (retro to 4/27)...Began a
rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on 5/14 and made four scoreless appearances
(4.0ip) with the Indians...Picked up a save on 5/20 vs. Buffalo...Was recalled from rehab
and reinstated from the D.L. on 5/24 and struck out all three Atlanta batters he faced that
night at PNC Park...Tossed a scoreless inning and recorded lone win with Pirates on 5/31 at
New York...Made six appearances (6.1ip/2er) with Pittsburgh before returning to the disabled
list on 6/9 (retro to 6/8) with right shoulder tendinitis...Was transferred to the-60-day D.L.
on 7/21...Made two rehab appearances with Class-A Bradenton on 8/21 and 8/23 before
having rehab assignment transferred to Indianapolis on 8/26...Made four rehab appearances at Triple-A (4.0ip/2er) from 8/27 thru 9/4...
Was reinstated from disabled list on 9/6...Was scored upon just once in his seven games with Pittsburgh during the month of September
(6.1ip/5h/1r/7bb/5so)...Did not enter a game with an inherited runner and gave up just one home run (Arizona's Chris Young on 6/7).
Spent first full season in the Majors and was a member of Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster for the second time
(also as a Rule 5 player in 2008)...Was named to the National League All-Star team after going 4-3 with a 1.11 ERA in 40 games prior
to the break (did not pitch in the Midsummer Classic in Anaheim)...Ranked fourth
among N.L. relief pitchers in innings pitched and seventh in ERA (minimum of
60.0ip)...Was tagged with a blown save, but pitched 2.0 scoreless innings and
won second career game on 4/13 at San Francisco (first big league win also
against the Giants)...Was scored upon just once in his first 13 games thru 5/5
(17.0ip/1er)...Earned first Major League save on 4/29 at Los Angeles (NL)...Had
streak of 15.0 consecutive scoreless innings snapped while suffering first loss
on 5/7 vs. St. Louis...Tossed 2.0 scoreless frames and picked up second win on
5/14 at Chicago (NL)...Suffered second blown save on 5/16 at Chicago
(NL)...Surrendered first home run of the season on 5/23 to Eric Hinske while
suffering third blown save in 3-2, 10-inning win over Atlanta (the homer tied
the game in the 8th inning)...Was not charged with an earned run in 13 games
from 5/27 thru 6/23 (13.0ip), dropping ERA to 0.66...Had a sacrifice bunt in his
first Major League plate appearance on 7/2 vs. Philadelphia...Was named to All-
Star team on 7/4 - the same day he earned a win vs. Philadelphia while also
lowering his ERA to 0.96...Singled off Cincinnati's Jordan Smith for first big league
hit on 8/3 at PNC Park...Gave up season-high five hits and four runs in 0.1ip at
Houston on 8/13 and suffered sixth blown save and fourth loss (entered game in 8th inning with a 1-0 lead)...Earned second save on
8/24 vs. St. Louis...Was hit on his right hand by a line drive off the bat of Ryan Braun on 8/29 at Milwaukee and missed next six
games...Returned to action on 9/6 vs. Atlanta and tossed a scoreless inning...Picked up fifth and final win on 9/17 vs. Arizona...Recorded
saves in back-to-back appearances on 9/19 vs. Arizona and 9/21 vs. St. Louis...Was named the 2010 Chuck Tanner Award winner by
the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America; an award created in 2006 that is given to the player who is most
cooperative with the media.
Established Major League career highs in every
category while spending majority of season with Pittsburgh...Season was cut short
after appearance on 8/11 due to a strained left oblique...Began season with
Triple-A Indianapolis...Made four straight scoreless appearances (5.1ip) before
being scored upon on 4/21 at Toledo (2.0ip/1er)...Surrendered just one run in
first six outings (8.2ip - 1.04 ERA)...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 4/25 when
Craig Hansen went on the disabled list...Threw just two pitches while retiring
two batters to end 10-1 victory at San Diego on 4/25...Pitched a career-high 3.0
innings (1 hit/0 runs) on 5/3 vs. Cincinnati...Made four straight scoreless outings
with the Bucs after being recalled (5.2ip) and held opposing hitters to a .059
(1-for-17) average before giving up two runs in 1.0ip on 5/5 vs. Milwaukee...Pitched 2.0 scoreless innings on 5/7 at St. Louis...Was scored upon in
two straight games on 5/9 (1.0ip/1er) and 5/14 (1.0ip/2er)...Made seven straight scoreless outings from 5/16-31 (6.1ip)...Surrendered grand slam
to Carlos Lee at Houston on 6/5 and was charged with three earned runs in 0.1ip in the game...Tied career high with 3.0 innings of relief on 6/8 at
Atlanta (0 runs)...Tossed 2.0 scoreless frames in next outing on 6/16 at Minnesota...Surrendered solo home run to first batter he faced on 6/23 vs.
Cleveland and then retired the next six batters...Made four straight scoreless outings (4.0ip) before giving up a run in 1.0ip on 7/4 at Florida...Struck
out three of the four batters he faced on 7/6 at Houston...Picked up first Major League win on 7/17 vs. San Francisco (Bucs won game 2-1 in 14
innings)...Made six straight scoreless outings from 7/6-21 (6.2ip)...Was scored upon in back-to-back games on 7/23 and 7/25 (2.1ip/6er), raising ERA
from 2.41 to 3.63...Suffered lone loss (second career) on 7/23 at Arizona...Suffered blown save on 8/5 vs. Arizona (entered game with 2-1 lead and
runners on first and second and one out)...Retired each of the seven batters he faced over a three-game span from 8/8-11 (2.1ip/3so)...Was placed
on 15-day disabled list on 8/12 due to a strained left oblique...Was transferred to 60-day D.L. on 8/21...Allowed six of his 10 inherited runners to
score and went 0-for-1 in save situations...Held right-handed hitters to a .176 (16-for-91) average...Was reinstated from D.L. on 11/18.
Was a member of the Opening Day roster after being selected by Pittsburgh in the Rule Five Draft...Was
scored upon in each of his first three appearances (1.0ip/6er)...Walked five batters in the 12th inning and suffered first Major League
loss in the Home Opener vs. Chicago (NL) on 4/7...Made three consecutive scoreless appearances from 4/21-30...Allowed at least
one baserunner in each of his nine games with Pittsburgh...Was designated for assignment
on 5/4...Was offered back to Tampa Bay, but was acquired for cash considerations and
assigned to Double-A Altoona on 5/14...Gave up two runs and suffered loss in first game
with Curve on 5/19 at Akron...Made three straight scoreless appearances (6.0ip) from
5/21-27...Struck out four batters in 2.0ip while earning first save with Altoona on 6/3 vs.
New Britain...Pitched 2.0 scoreless frames while picking up win on 6/6 vs.
Connecticut...Picked up second save in final outing with Altoona on 6/13 at Connecticut...Was
scored upon in just two of his last eight Double-A appearances (15.0ip/3er - 1.80 ERA) and
in three of his nine overall...Was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis on 6/17 and tossed a
scoreless frame that night vs. Columbus...Suffered back-to-back blown saves on 6/20 (1.0ip/3er) and 6/22 (1.0ip/3er)...Allowed
just five earned runs in his final 20 appearances (38.1ip - 1.17 ERA)...Tossed 2.2 scoreless innings and earned first save with
Indianapolis on 7/23 vs. Charlotte...Surrendered just one earned run in nine relief appearances (17.2ip) during the month of July
and was named Indy's Player-of-the-Month...Produced team's longest scoreless innings streak (17.2) from 6/28 thru 7/29...Earned
second save on 8/23 at Durham...Did not surrender a home run in his final 20 appearances after giving up his only two on 6/22
vs. Rochester...Held opponents to a .153 (18-for-118) average in his last 18 outings and finished season with three straight hitless
appearances (5.1ip/8so)...Allowed three of his 14 inherited runners to score with Indianapolis and went 2-for-6 in save situations...Made
18 appearances with Mazatlan during the Mexican Winter League and went 1-1 with 13 saves and a 2.93 ERA (15.1ip/5er/14so).
Spent entire season with Montgomery (Devil Rays' AA)...Established minor league career high in appearances...
Picked up lone save in second outing on 4/7 vs. West Tenn...Was charged with one earned run and held the opposition to a
.171 batting average thru his first six appearances (9.1ip)...Was scored upon in six of his next eight outings (14.1ip/10er) thru 5/31.
...Recorded first victory on 5/27 at Mississippi...Pitched season-high 2.1 innings on 6/10 at Mobile...Surrendered first of two home
runs in 25th game on 7/3; had gone 42.1 innings without allowing a long ball...Picked up second win on 7/4 at Mobile...Suffered
lone loss on 7/29 at Birmingham...Did not give up a run in his last nine appearances (14.0ip) and struck out 27 batters in his last
18.0 innings of work...Participated in the Arizona Fall League and went 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA in nine relief appearances with Scottsdale
(9.2ip/3h/1r/1er/5bb/9so)...Was selected by Pittsburgh in the Rule Five Draft on 12/6.
Spent majority of season with Lake Elsinore (Padres' A)...Led staff in games started and strikeouts...Was traded to Tampa
Bay organization on 8/24 and finished season with Visalia...Went 6-7 with a 5.14 ERA in 28 games (25 starts) with the two clubs.
...Established minor league career highs in strikeouts and innings pitched...Was charged with two earned runs in his first three starts
(13.2ip)...Did not receive a decision until his sixth start; a loss vs. Inland Empire...Lost his first two decisions before picking up first
win on 5/20 at High Desert...Gave up first home run in 12th start on 6/4 at Lancaster...Won three straight decisions from 6/15 thru
7/4...Made lone relief appearance with Lake Elsinore on 6/20 at Rancho Cucamonga and recorded the win (5.0ip/1er)...Faced 10
batters and gave up 10 runs while recording just one out on 7/9 at High Desert...Tossed 6.0 scoreless frames vs. Rancho Cucamonga
on 7/25, but did not receive a decision...Picked up last win on 8/10 at Rancho (6.0ip/1er)...Suffered loss in final start with Lake
Elsinore (0.1ip/7er) on 8/21 at Lancaster...Made last two appearances in relief with Visalia...Struck out six batters, but suffered loss
in final outing on 9/2 at Modesto (3.0ip/4er).
Made 13 relief appearances with Beloit (Twins' A) before being released on 6/22...Was charged with nine earned runs in his
first two outings (3.2ip)...Pitched 2.0 scoreless frames in third game on 4/18 vs. Lansing...Suffered lone loss on 4/22 at Clinton.
...Was on D.L. from 5/6 to 5/13...Made back-to-back scoreless appearances on 5/14 and 5/21 before being scored upon in four
straight games from 5/27 thru 6/6 (6.2ip/14r/9er)...Pitched season-high 3.0 innings on 6/1 at Burlington...Made final appearance on
6/19 vs. Wisconsin (1.0ip/0r)...Signed by San Diego as a minor league free agent on 9/17.
Began season with Quad City (Twins' A)...Made three starts before being placed on the disabled list on 4/21...Was reinstated
from D.L. on 6/17 and was assigned to Elizabethton in the Appalachian League...Made first outing as a starter and suffered loss on
6/24 at Bristol (game two)...Picked up lone win on 7/6 at Johnson City while pitching in relief...Made back-to-back starts on 7/16 and
7/22, suffering second loss on 7/22 vs. Johnson City (1.1ip/6er)...Also threw four wild pitches in start on 7/22...Made last six
appearances in relief...Went 1-0 with a 6.07 ERA (13.1ip/9er) in nine relief outings with Elizabethton.
Made professional debut with Elizabethton after being selected by Minnesota in 11th round of the First-Year Player Draft. ...Led
club in victories and ranked third in the Appalachian League in that department...Ranked second on staff in innings pitched and third
in strikeouts...Began season in bullpen and picked up first pro win in second outing on 6/22 vs. Bluefield...Made first six appearances
in relief and was scored upon in one game (9.0ip/1er)...Earned first professional save on 7/6 vs. Bristol...Was victorious in first start
on 7/11 vs. Pulaski (5.0ip/2er)...Suffered lone loss in second start on 7/17 at Bluefield...Won each of his last five decisions...Went 2-
0 with a 1.23 ERA (22.0ip/4r/2er) in four starts during the month of August...Went 6-1 with a 2.79 ERA in eight starts and held
opposing hitters to a .172 average in those games...Was ranked by Baseball America as the 11th best prospect in the Appalachian
League following the season.