Myles Straw

Myles James Noble Straw (born October 17, 1994) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Cleveland Guardians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 12th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, and made his major league debut with them in 2018.

Myles Straw
Straw with the Cleveland Guardians in 2023
Cleveland Guardians – No. 7
Outfielder
Born: (1994-10-17) October 17, 1994
Garden Grove, California, U.S.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 15, 2018, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Batting average.247
Home runs5
Runs batted in96
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Amateur career

Straw attended Braden River High School in Bradenton, Florida, and played college baseball at St. Johns River State College.[1]

Professional career

Houston Astros

Straw with the Houston Astros in 2020

Straw was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 12th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft. He was planning on transferring to the University of South Alabama, but instead signed with the Astros.[2]

Straw made his professional debut with the Greeneville Astros, with whom he batted .268 with 22 stolen bases in 58 games. He played in 2016 with the Quad Cities River Bandits and Lancaster JetHawks, slashing a combined .358/.423/.454 with one home run, 27 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases in 87 total games, and 2017 with the Buies Creek Astros and Corpus Christi Hooks[3] where he hit a combined .290 with one home run, 44 RBIs, and 38 stolen bases in 127 games.[4] Straw started 2018 with Corpus Christi and was promoted to the Fresno Grizzlies during the season.[5][6]

Straw was promoted to the major leagues on September 15, 2018. He scored his first career run on September 21, 2018, off of a bunt by Jake Marisnick. He was a pinch runner for J. D. Davis. The next day, Straw recorded his first career steal. On September 29, 2018, Straw hit his first Major League home run, against starting pitcher Yefry Ramírez of the Baltimore Orioles.[7]

In 2019, Straw batted .269/.378/.343 with 27 runs, 7 RBIs, and 8 stolen bases while being caught once, in 108 at bats.[8]

In 2020, Straw batted .207/.244/.256 with 8 runs, 8 RBIs, and 6 stolen bases while being caught twice, in 82 at bats. He played 27 games in center field, and one game at shortstop.[9]

Cleveland Indians / Guardians

On July 30, 2021, Straw was traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for reliever Phil Maton and minor leaguer Yainer Díaz.[10] Straw finished the 2021 season batting .271/.349/.348 with 4 home runs, 48 RBIs and 30 stolen bases between the Astros and Indians.

On April 9, 2022, Straw signed a 5-year, $25 million extension with the Guardians.[11]

In 2022 he had the lowest slugging percentage and the lowest OPS (.564) in the majors, the lowest barrel percentage (0.7%), and the highest percentage of balls hit to the opposite field (36.1%).[12][13] He batted .221/.291/.273 in 535 at bats, with zero home runs, 32 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases in 22 attempts.[14] He was the only major league qualified batter to not hit any home runs in 2022.[15] On defense, he won a Gold Glove Award in center field.[16]

References

  1. Rogers, Matt (April 19, 2017). "It's About Choices, Commitment". MiLB.com. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  2. "Jag baseball signee signed by Astros". AL.com. June 11, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  3. Batterson, Steve (July 9, 2016). "Bandits' Straw proves a point on a daily basis". The Quad-City Times. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  4. "Myles Straw Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  5. Hayward, Len (May 17, 2018). "Houston Astros outfield prospect Myles Straw showing base stealing prowess with Hooks". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  6. Dykstra, Sam (June 22, 2018). "Toolshed: Astros' Straw dashing, slapping". MiLB.com. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  7. "Orioles swept in doubleheader, pick up loss number 115". Camden Chat. September 29, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  8. "Myles Straw 2019 Batting Game Logs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  9. "Myles Straw 2020 Batting Game Logs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  10. Bell, Mandy (July 30, 2021). "In 2 deals, Indians trade Eddie, get Straw". MLB.com.
  11. McDonald, Darragh (August 9, 2022). "Guardians, Myles Straw Agree To Five-Year Extension". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved April 9, 2022.
  12. "Major League Leaderboards » 2022 » Batters » Statcast | FanGraphs Baseball". www.fangraphs.com.
  13. "Major League Leaderboards » 2022 » Batters » Batted Ball Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball". www.fangraphs.com.
  14. "Splits Leaderboards | FanGraphs". www.fangraphs.com.
  15. "Major League Leaderboards » 2022 » Batters » Dashboard | FanGraphs Baseball". www.fangraphs.com.
  16. [🖉"MLB Announces 2022 Gold Glove Winners". MLB Trade Rumors.
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