The Minnesota Twins have announced that Brian Meyer will return to lead the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels for the 2022 season.
In his first year at the helm in 2021, Meyer guided Fort Myers to a 60-54 record while overseeing the promotion of 17 prospects to the High-A level.
“I’m really excited, along with my family, to be back with the mussels,” said Meyer, who lives in Cape Coral with his wife Ashley and son Walker. “I look forward to being back at Hammond Stadium to continue developing our organization’s young players and bringing an exciting style of baseball to the Southwest Florida community.”
The Cleveland, Ohio native joined the Twins organization as a minor league coach in 2020 after 13 years in the college ranks. During the pandemic, Meyer has worked remotely with many of the organization’s top offensive prospects, using video to improve players from a distance.
“Last year Brian did a fantastic job adjusting to both his first full season at the professional level and his first year in a managerial role,” said Twins farm manager Alex Hassan. . “Brian keeps our players and staff at the highest level. We couldn’t be in better hands as manager at Fort Myers.
The Twins also announced the rest of the Mighty Mussels coaching staff. Two of Meyer’s four assistants return – batting coach Rayden Sierra and pitching coach Carlos Hernandez. Bench coach Takashi Miyoshi and pitching coach Jared Gaynor were promoted from their roles with the Florida Complex League Twins. Miyoshi led the FCL Twins in 2021, introducing him to many future Mussels players.
“We have a development-focused team with great diversity in our backgrounds and in the game, which will help us all continue to grow,” Meyer said. “Yoshi’s experience as a manager and his keen eye for the intricate details of the game will be a great asset to staff and players alike.”
Meyer will lead a team of coaches who have played at all levels of baseball – from junior college to independent professional ball and all the way to Major League Baseball.
“We are thrilled to have Brian return to manage the Mighty Mussels in 2022,” said Mighty Mussels general manager Judd Loveland. “His leadership qualities have earned the respect of players, staff, fans and the Southwest Florida community in 2021. We are thrilled to have Brian once again be a major asset to the organization this season.”
As a player, Meyer was a starter for three years at second base for Division III Otterbein College from 2000 to 2003. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Otterbein in 2005 and 2009, respectively.
The 39-year-old began his coaching career at Otterbein in 2007, spending three years as batting coach and scouting coordinator. After helping his alma mater reach the Division III NCAA Tournament, Meyer rose to the Division I level as an assistant coach at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Meyer helped the Raiders win back-to-back Horizon League titles and coached in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
He moved to New Orleans in 2012, spending five years as director of operations at Tulane University. Once again, Meyer found himself in the NCAA Tournament. After advancing the Green Wave from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference, the Green Wave reached back-to-back NCAA tournaments in 2015 and 2016, with a combined score of 76-46.
From 2017 to 2019, Meyer served as an assistant coach at Butler University in Indianapolis before being hired by the Twins. During his college coaching career, Meyer led 42 all-conference picks, 17 MLB draft picks and three All-Americans.