By Trey McCurry.
Sophomore Jonathan Meyer recently sat down with TheClemsonInsider to discuss last season, his tremendous summer, and some of his expectations for the coming season.
Meyer, who came to Clemson from San Diego, California, first came into contact with Tiger coaches as a sophomore in high school while playing at a tournament in East Cobb, Georgia. Former assistant Tom Riginos spoke with Meyer after the tournament and stayed in contact with him until convincing him to come visit Clemson. “I came up during my junior year,” said #28. “I fell in love the first time I saw Clemson and the baseball field. I especially loved the fan base where you have 4,000 and 5,000 people at games as opposed to around 1,000 on the west coast.”
Speaking of the west coast, Meyer was asked about the perceived difference that you always hear between east eoast and west coast baseball. “Honestly, I haven’t noticed any difference. I think you just hear some west coast people put that on players so that they will stay out west and not come to the south and southeast.”
Last year was a special year for Meyer as a Tiger as well. He finished the season with a 2-1 record with two saves and a 5.90 ERA in 20 appearances while allowing only eight walks against 23 strikeouts in 29.0 innings pitched. “I started off really strong and was able to get a save in my first weekend. As a team, we started really strong as well before we hit a rough patch. It was like a roller coaster, but in the end we came up strong and made it to Omaha.”
By playing going to Omaha last season, Meyer was also able to fulfill a lifelong dream and a promise to his mom. “I went to the CWS in 2003 and right then I told my mom I was going back to play there. When I found out my freshman season was the last year of Rosenblatt, I knew I had to do it then. My dream came true by going, and even though I wasn’t able to throw during a game, it was just a great experience witnessing everything that goes on as a player in Omaha.”
Following the College World Series, Meyer went to the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League where he was named the top pitcher for the 2010 season. For the season, he finished with a 4-1 record with a 1.22 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 37 innings while also being named one of the starting pitchers for the HCBL All-Star game. “My summer travel ball coach contacted me and asked where I was playing summer ball. When I said I didn’t have any plans and was just going home for the summer, he told me to check Hawaii out. I decided to work as a starter this summer so that I would be able to get more innings and to hopefully help me get stronger so that I might would eventually be able to move to that role in Clemson later in my career.”
With such summer success, Meyer is looking forward to the 2011 season and how he may fit into the team’s pitching plans. “We return a lot of pitching this season, essentially three weekend starters if you count the two Sunday guys. I wouldn’t mind maybe starting a mid-week game, but if not I love a relief role too.”