Monday, June 28, 2010

Minor League Monday - Dave Meier, 1987 ProCards.

Dave Meier shows up on the second card that we see from the 1987 ProCards set, number 138. Dave improves on the standard pose by adding his cap. Most of the players in the rest of the set follow his example.

Dave played for the Minnesota Twins in 1984 and '85. They released him in December of 1985. Almost a year later, in December of 1986 the Rangers signed him. Meier spent most of the 1987 season at Triple A but did make an appearance or two with the big club. He appeared in 129 games for the Eighty-Niners and 13 for the Rangers.

In his 129 games for Oklahoma City Meier showed up in the outfield 112 times and at third base 10 times. He committed 6 errors in the outfield and none at third while handling a combined total of 214 chances.

On offense Dave would post a .320 batting average in 516 plate appearances. His on base percentage was .392. He knocked 18 home runs, four triples, and 36 doubles. He would score 72 runs and bump in 86 RBI on the season. He did strike out ten times more that he walked (67-57).

Overall Dave's 1987 numbers really weren't that bad for someone who had been away from pro ball for a whole year. They were good enough to earn him a look in Texas. Unfortunately he couldn't get them to translate in the Majors. There was enough potential though for the Cubs to be interested in him. In March of 1988 Texas sent him and Greg Tabor to Chicago for Ray Hayward.

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