CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Like most other kids that grow up playing sports, Thor Meeks always dreamed about being a professional athlete.
Like most other kids that grow up playing sports, Meeks also came up empty-handed when it came to pro baseball offers.
At least the Hurricane High School graduate had a standout career at Marshall to put in his mental scrapbook.
When he left the Herd program in 2012, the 6-foot, 235-pound Meeks took his business administration degree and entered the white-collar workforce.
He was content with his decision to hang up his spikes until an early April phone call brought him back to the baseball diamond.
"I had gone to work outside of baseball," Meeks said. "I thought I was done playing baseball. I thought I'd hung it up, but the farm system director for the Washington Nationals called me up while I was at a country music festival in Florida.
"I'd taken a couple of days off work to go down there and Washington called and said they were down a couple of catchers and they wanted to talk to me. They told me I was on their radar all through high school and college and they wanted to know if I still wanted to play the game. I told them I absolutely still wanted to play and they asked me when I could be there.
"I got the call on a Monday and on Wednesday I was playing baseball again."
After a stint with the Nationals' rookie Gulf Coast League team in Melbourne, Fla., Meeks was assigned to the Hagerstown Suns' roster on May 20.
Meeks has yet to see game action for the Suns. Instead, he has served as the team's bullpen catcher in order to become more acquainted with the Suns' pitching staff.
Meeks was on hand at Appalachian Power Park over the weekend as the Suns took two of three from the West Virginia Power, including a 4-1 series clincher Sunday in front of 1,570 fans. The Power dropped to 33-29 with the loss, while Hagerstown improved to 33-26.
For Meeks, the thrill of playing professionally was enhanced by a return visit to his home area.