How did he get here?: Drafted, 2010 (40th Round)
Stats: 6'0", 200 lbs, Throws: Left
Age as of April 1, 2011: 22
Meiners was drafted out of Francis Marion University with their 40th Round pick and assigned the lefty to the GCL, where he just got hit hard. His FIP - according to MinorLeagueSplits.com was 3.38 (before his last 2IP) - and he suffered from a .412 BABIP.
This mainly comes from a terrible first three games. More on that below.
What went right?
His last 13 appearances. We'll get to the first three, but in July and August, he compiled a 3.04 ERA/1.11 WHIP with 17K:6BB.
Home games. In seven games at home (11IP), Meiners allowed just two earned runs, with 10K:2BB, and a .175 BAA.
What went wrong?
The first three games. In three June games, Meiners allowed ten earned runs in 1.1IP for a robust 67.50 ERA. In his debut on June 23, he allowed six earned without recording an out. Then he allowed 1ER in 1IP on June 25, and finished up June with 3ER in 0.1IP. When you're dealing with 22IP, a terrible 1.1IP will skew the numbers in a bad way.
Away games. Despite his good home splits, Meiners went 11IP, 21H/15ER, 9K:6BB on the road, for a 12.27 ERA/2.45 WHIP.
Given how strong he finished up the season, I would give Meiners another shot in Greeneville in 2011. He's a lefty reliever, but he'll be 23 next season, so it may be his last chance.