ASHLAND, Ohio – Former Ashland University pitcher Ajay Meyer is excelling in the closer role for the Lansing (Mich.) Lugnuts, the Class A affiliate for the Toronto Blue Jays in the Midwest League.
The right-hander signed a free agent contract with the Blue Jays following the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft.
This season, Meyer was moved into relief after making 13 starts in 2011 for the Bluefield (W.Va.) Blue Jays in the Rookie-level Appalachian League.
Meyer leads all of Minor League Baseball with 18 saves in 26 games. He leads the Midwest League in appearances. Overall, he is 3-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 26.2 innings. He has 26 strikeouts and just eight walks.
From May 19-29, Meyer converted five saves with a 0.00 WHIP.
Meyer played two seasons for the Eagles in 2009 and 2011. He missed the 2010 season with a knee injury. In 2011, he set the AU single-season record for complete games with 11. He also tossed three shutouts and ranks fourth at Ashland in career ERA (2.57).
The Lugnuts are in prime position for the playoffs with a Midwest League-best 40-17 record. They have cut their magic number to one in the chase for a first-half championship.
Lansing will play two more series in Ohio this season – July 31-Aug. 3 at Dayton and Aug. 18-21 at Lake County (Eastlake, Ohio).