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Friday, May 22, 2020

Don Meyers moved from infielder to catching; Saw three pro seasons, made high-A

Don Meyers started his pro career as an infielder. By his second year, though, he made the switch to catcher as the organization had a glut of infield prospects ahead of him, his hometown Sacramento Bee wrote.

Meyers found the transition to be a good one, he told The Bee in August 1991.

"I feel great about being a catcher," Meyers told The Bee as he still learned the position at short-season Yakima. "It's a lot more fun. You're in on every pitch, calling the game. I enjoy throwing runners out. I've been throwing really well to second, and  I've been blocking the ball well."

While he made the transition to catcher, Meyers could make the transition to a much higher level. He returned for a third campaign, one at high-A, but that marked the highest he got.

Meyers' career began in 1990, taken by the Dodgers in the 52nd round of the draft out of Sacramento City College.

Meyers started with the Dodgers at rookie Great Falls. That summer, The Great Falls Tribune asked players their greatest thrill to that point. Meyers selected "winning Palamino World Series against Hawaii."

With Great Falls, Meyers got into 38 games as a first baseman and third baseman. He also caught one game. He hit .326 over those 38 games. He singled in a July rally against Salt Lake. He then knocked three singles in a win later that month.

Meyers moved to Yakima for 1991. He hit .312 there over 50 games. He saw 12 total games at catcher and played his other time on the infield.

For 1992, he made high-A Bakersfield. He got into 20 games on the year and hit .161 to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,378
Made the Majors:1,198-35.5%
Never Made Majors:2,180-64.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 497
10+ Seasons in the Minors:290

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