Meyer is First Player to Make MLB Debut


St. Cloud, MN – Former St. Cloud Rox pitcher Ben Meyer made history on Thursday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.

Meyer made his Major League Baseball debut for the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon, becoming the first Rox player to appear in the major leagues.

The right-hander pitched one shutout inning in relief during the seventh inning for the Marlins in a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Meyer gave up no hits and no walks in his first outing.

Meyer played for the Rox during the 2012 season, appearing in eight games that summer. The 2012 Opening Day starter finished with a 2-2 record, striking out 15 in 25 innings of work for St. Cloud.

Meyer appeared in 10 games with the New Orleans Baby Cakes, the Triple A affiliate of the Marlins, to start the 2018 season until getting the call up to the big leagues. During that span, he went 3-4 with 39 strikeouts and a 4.09 ERA in 50.2 innings.

The New Brighton, Minnesota native and former Minnesota Golden Gopher was drafted by the Marlins in the 29th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. Meyer is one of 56 Rox players since 2013 that have heard their name called in the draft.

The Rox are in their seventh season of Northwoods League Baseball in 2018. Single game and group tickets for the entire season are on sale now. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit the Rox Ticket Office on the west end of the Municipal Athletic Complex, call 320-240-9798 or visit

The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rox as your favorite team.