MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers hope they have another Brian Shouse on their hands in Minor League left-hander Dan Meadows.
After mastering the basics of a new sidearm delivery, Meadows graduated last week to Class A Brevard County, where he made his third appearance on Saturday and surrendered his first hit to a lefty batter after retiring the first four. He will try to develop into another Shouse, the left-handed specialist who pitched to a 3.18 ERA in three Brewers seasons from 2006-08.
Meadows was a 49th round Draft pick in 2008 who was 28-23 with a 3.60 ERA in his first five Minor League seasons.
"He was a left-hander that didn't get left-handed hitters out, so we had a nice meeting with him at the end of spring and said, 'Look, we can't use you right now, and quite frankly, right now you're released unless you want to try this,'" Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "He said, 'I'll give it a try.'"
A right-hander, Tim Dillard, similarly overhauled his delivery in 2010 to prolong his career, and he is still pitching. After beginning the year with Lancaster in the independent Atlantic League, Dillard re-signed with the Brewers on Friday and reported to Triple-A Nashville.
Meadows could advance in the Brewers' system if he has success.
"I think it's important that we know at the end of the year what we have," Ash said.
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