My assessment of Meyerle is based partly on the numbers but also on the evaluation of contemporaries who knew him and their own game a lot better than we do. They certainly were well aware that he hit the ball very hard, and viewed him as a player worth having, but they understood the damage nearly two errors a game from one player could do, and I don't think he was ever regarded as a star of the first rank.
Money, money is the measure of how a player is regarded in an open labor market such as prevailed in the 1870's. I happen to have salary data for Meyerle, taken from from actual contracts, for the seasons of 1874 through 1876, in each of which he got between $1,200 and $1,500. good pay for the day. Unfortunately, reliable data for his contemporaries -- as distinct from questionable newspaper reports -- is not common. However, I do have contract transcriptions for Andy Leonard -- a fine player but one who has gotten no support here at all -- and he was consistently getting more than $1,500. Court records verify that Ross Barnes got $2,500 in 1877. The most conservative figure I've seen have McVey, White, Barnes and Spalding getting a total of $8,500 when they jumped from Boston to Chicago in 1876, with White promised an extra hundred if the club made money (and Spalding got a big 25% of the profits, but that was probably intended as compensation for his efforts as manager). Other reports have the players making more (up to $4,000 for Barnes, but since he only got $2,500 in 1877 that can't be correct).
While Meyerle's salaries were decent money by contemporary standards, I doubt whether any of these seasons passed when you couldn't find at least fifteen players making more. At the end of 1873 Harry Wright wrote a letter to William Hulbert that sums the situation up in general:
"Men who, three years ago, were offering their services at $500.00 and $600.00 for the season and found it difficult to get an engagement even at those figures, are now engaged at salaries ranging from $1200 to $1800, and after signing for these amounts and satisfied with their engagement, some other club makes them an offer of from $300 to $500 more, with an advance of so much cash."
Put in this context, it will be seen that a player who was getting from $1,200 to $1,500 a year was not in exceptionally high demand.