10/28/2013 1:13 PM -
Whiting, Ind. – October 28, 2013 – The Northwest Indiana Oilmen have continued their relationship with the Butler University baseball program by adding another Bulldog to the fold for the 2014 season. Freshman infielder Brodie Meyer, a graduate of Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights, Ill., has signed with the team.
After the 2013 Oilmen roster featured four Butler players, the most of any university, the team has latched down two for 2014 as Meyer joins freshman teammate Danny Pobereyko.
Meyer posted a .527 on-base percentage as a senior at Chicago Christian, where he played second base as a junior before shifting to the left side of the diamond his senior season. Meyer is expected to play primarily second base at Butler. Meyer went to Butler as a preferred walk-on player.
“He didn’t have any guarantees coming in here, but I knew he was a hard-working guy,” Butler coach Steve Farley said. “I saw him at some high school showcases in Illinois last year. He’s really a great kid, just an All-American type guy. He’s a good runner, a good fielder and a pretty solid hitter.”
Meyer has worked on improving his arm strength this fall by playing long toss and lifting in the weight room.
“We just love his work ethic,” Farley said. “He comes from a great family and he’s going to be a guy that’s going to get better every year at Butler.”
Meyer was attracted to Butler because of the educational opportunities it offered him in addition to the chance to play for a well-known baseball program.
“It’s always been my dream to play college baseball and it’s even better than I ever thought it would be,” Meyer said. “It’s been an awesome experience.”
Meyer spoke with some of his Butler teammates that played for the 2013 Oilmen and knew that Northwest Indiana would be a fitting summer destination.
“They told me there are good-sized crowds there; it’s like a first feel of professional baseball playing all the time,” he said. “It’s basically all you do, play baseball and travel. I love that; I can’t wait.”