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Alex Meyer, Twins prospect, becomes Mr. Meyer, substitute teacher, in the offseason

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Right-handed starter Alex Meyer is one of the top prospects in the Twins system. With the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats last year, he posted a 3.21 ERA and a 10.8 K/9 rate, and according to Jonathan Mayo, he's the No. 32 prospect in baseball. The signs point to him schooling hitters in MLB soon. But for now, he's spending his offseasons schooling students in ... school.

For the third year in a row, Meyer is working as a substitute teacher in his hometown of Greensburg, Ind. He's taught in elementary, middle and high schools and is paid $63 a day for his work. A successful Major League career doesn't seem out of reach for Meyer, but his nascent teaching career is part of knowing you can't take anything for granted.

"Hopefully, I'm able to play baseball and have a nice, long career," he told the Indianapolis Star's David Woods. "But you never know what's going to happen with that. So you've always got to be able to have something on the ready."

Meyer also has one tool available to him that most teachers don't -- his 6-foot-9 frame. Good luck sneaking out your phone to check Facebook in class while he's watching.

You can read more, including a description of a day in Meyer's substitute teaching life, at the Indianapolis Star's piece on him.


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