GREENSBURG (AP) - The millionaire walks down a corridor to a classroom, not across a baseball field from the bullpen. This pitcher’s task is to control high school students, not his 95 mph fastball. He is substituting not for a tiring starter, but for the regular teacher.
Alex Meyer gets a lot more out of it than the $63 a day paid by Greensburg schools.
“Being able to be a substitute teacher puts me in a real-life atmosphere and lets me know if this is something I really want to do or not,” he told The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1dBbm2m). “So far, it is.”
This is the third off-season as a sub for the 6-9 Meyer, 23, a former Indiana Mr. Baseball who was selected 23rd by the Washington Nationals in the first round of the 2011 draft. He played three college seasons at Kentucky before signing a reported $2 million contract.
A year ago, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins and ranked their fourth-best prospect by Baseball America before throwing a pitch in the organization. He had a 3.21 earned run average in 70 innings for Double-A New Britain then was rated the No. 4 prospect in the postseason Arizona Fall League, which is for the best minor leaguers in baseball after compiling a 3.12 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 26 innings.
Teachers at Greensburg High School gush about Meyer. He is a familiar figure in this town (pop. 11,492), which is located 55 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
This always will be home.
“I like Greensburg. I like it a lot,” Meyer said. “I have a big family that’s all from here.”
His father, David, owns a Ford dealership near the I-74 exit. His mother, Sandy, is a secretary in the school superintendent’s office. It was Meyer’s mother who suggested subbing after he conceded he was bored and had nothing to do.