Dan Meeley Promoted to Fort Wayne

By Editorial Staff

If you had 18th-round juco outfielder Dan Meeley as the first Padres’ 2010 draftee to reach full-season ball, you are correct.

Meeley started last night’s game in Fort Wayne, making it to full-season ball four days before his 21st birthday. Not bad. He also got off to a good start at his new level, going 2-for-4.

Meeley was 6-for-20 with a homer in five games in Eugene after being drafted.

Meeley put up some fantastic numbers in junior college, and it looks like a) he’s carrying that over to pro ball and b) he’s quickly grabbed the attention of Padres management. It’s interesting that he was promoted before Jedd Gyorko, the second-rounder who also got off to a fast start.

The downside of Meeley’s game is that he’s all about offense, and doesn’t offer much as a baserunner or defender at this point. Still, he’s making a quick name for himself and has advanced past many of his fellow late draftees.