Janesville's Meyer signs with Brewers

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John Barry
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Charlie Meyer is officially a Milwaukee Brewer.

The 2011 Janesville Craig graduate and former UW-Stout all-WIAC catcher signed a contract with the Brewers on Saturday and will report immediately to the organization's instructional league in Arizona.

Meyer was scheduled to play this summer with the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League but was granted a release from his contract to sign with the Brewers.

“All I've ever wanted was a chance,” Meyer said of playing professional baseball. “I'm just going to go down there and bust my butt, pick the brains of as many people as possible to learn as much as I can and try to move up.

“I know it's a longshot but I never really thought Id be in this position to begin with. I can't wait.”

Meyer graduated from Stout in 2015 after wrapping up a successful collegiate career. He finished with a career .305 average for the Blue Devils in 132 games played. Meyer threw out 19 of 26 potential base stealers his senior season.

Meyer moved to Florida after graduation to be closer to his family and immediately found a job at a baseball academy in Sarasota. The academy needed a catching instructor, and Meyer turned out to be a perfect fit.

While working as an instructor, Meyer was also able to train year-round at the facility and got the itch to get back into playing and not just teaching. He attended several Major League one-day tryout camps and eventually landed a non-contract job as the bullpen catcher for the Brevard County Manatees, a minor league affilliate of the Brewers in the Class A-Advanced Florida State League.

Earlier this spring, Meyer got a call from a friend in the Brewers organization inviting him to come to Arizona for a tryout because the club was short on catching depth. Meyer made the trip, impressed the brass and is now officially a Milwaukee Brewer.

“There's a lot of people I need to thank for helping me get to this point,” Meyer said. “All I can do now is go out and prove myself and reward them for having confidence in me.”

Last updated: 6:11 pm Saturday, April 8, 2017

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