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8/17/1980 (36 y, 7 m, 12 d)
1999 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 12, Overall: 12, Team: Philadelphia Phillies
$7M / 1 Years (2013) + 1 Option Years
Myers (elbow) was activated from the 60-day DL on Thursday and was then released by the Indians, MLB.com reports. (8/29/2013)
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Year in Review:
The 29-year-old Myers appeared in 18 games in ‘09 and just 10 of those were starts. In 70.2 innings, he allowed 74 hits but showed solid control with a walk rate of 2.93 BB/9. He had a major problem with home runs (2.29 HR/9), an issue that has plagued him throughout his career, and his walk rate was an uninspiring 6.37 K/9. His ERA of 4.84 was misleading, as seen by his 6.14 FIP. Myers’ fastball averaged out below 90 mph for the first time in his career and his plus curveball lost its plus-ness. When Myers put the ball in the strike zone, batters had no trouble making contact with him (91%, compared to the MLB average of 87.8%).
The Year Ahead:
Myers’ Phillies tumultuous career ended when he signed a free agent deal with Houston, where he has the chance to realize his potential and pitch a lot of innings in 2010. The former No. 1 draft pick failed to realize his promise in Philly after bouncing back and forth between the bullpen and the starting rotation. If Matt Lindstrom is a complete failure in Houston’s bullpen, Myers could also reassume a closer’s role. (He saved 21 games in 24 attempts for the ’07 Phillies). Ultimately, it was smart of him to stick in the National League, although he’ll be playing in a good hitter’s park once again. If all goes well for Myers in the rotation, he could produce 160-180 innings and win about 12 games with a slightly-high ERA. (Marc Hulet)
Following an injury-marred, tater-filled 2009, Myers enjoyed a career year with the Astros in 2010. Myers' K rate, 7.24 per nine innings, was close to his career average, and his rate of free passes issued (2.66 per nine) was the best of his big-league tenure. The biggest change, however, was his home-run per fly-ball rate. From 2002 to 2009, Myers gave up a round-tripper 15.5% of the time a batter hit a fly ball against him. Last season, that rate dipped to 8.5%. The result was a career-low 0.8 HR/9 and a nifty 3.56 FIP. Another change for Myers was pitch selection. The four-pitch righty has never been fastball-centric, but he threw his 89-90 MPH heat about 44% of the time (53% career average) while going to a low-80s slider nearly 28% (11% career average). It's hard to evaluate individual pitches, as a pitcher's whole repertoire and his tendencies influence results. But Myers' fastball rated as nearly a run below average per 100 pitches thrown, while his slider (+1.54 runs/100) and mid-70s curveball (+1.91 runs/100) were stellar. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
Myers revived his career, got a brand spankin' new deal keeping him in Houston through at least 2012, and he looks like a solid option for next season. Don't expect another low-threes ERA, though -- his home-run per fly-ball rate should move closer to the 11% MLB average and, given Minute Maid's dimensions and Myers' past rates, perhaps a bit higher.
After the 2010 season, it looked as though Myers had gotten his home run tendencies under control, which made him an appealing option as a sleeper in 2011. While he kept similar ground-ball tendencies, he struck out fewer hitters and the home runs came back again, pushing Myers’ ERA back to nearly 4.50 and generally rendering him a pretty poor option, even in NL-only. As it stands, there’s no good reason to believe he’ll stop giving up bombs as long as he’s in Houston, a park that does little to dissuade hitters from swinging for the fences. If he struck out a few more hitters, it might be worth grabbing him and hoping for the best, but when his strikeout rate may not even break seven, there’s too little reward for the amount of risk. (Dan Wade)
The Quick Opinion:
In sufficiently deep leagues, there can be precious few pitchers who aren’t rostered at all. For those in that position, Myers is likely to be less detrimental than rostering someone like Livan Hernandez, which makes him an okay SP5 option. For everyone else, let someone else take this gamble and live to fight another day.
In 2012, Brett Myers moved from being a starter to being a closer. He had experienced a slow decline as a productive starter since 2007 (when he averaged 10.9 strikeouts per nine with a 92 mph fastball) to 2011 (when his K/9 dropped to 6.7 and his fastball to 88 mph). The new role was great for his fantasy owners as he racked up 19 saves with starting-pitcher qualification. Halfway through the season, the White Sox traded for the 32-year-old righty and he lost his closing role. While he was able to pick up a few holds, it destroyed his fantasy value, especially for a reliever with a sub-three strikeout-to-walk ratio. As an Indian, he'll probably start again, and fantasy owners should be worried -- he was only able to manage a career-low 5.7 K/9 with a career high 92 mph average fastball out of the pen, and he'll likely lose those velocity gains. His usefulness will depend on the fantasy league's depth. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Brett Myers' 2013 role will determine his fantasy value.
The Indians went into 2013 with three starters on their depth chart who were being rebuilt in some way -- either from relieving, from ineffectiveness, or from near retirement. Two of the three turned in terrific years. Myers was the other. He threw only 33 innings across three levels, including 21.1 in Cleveland, and wow were those innings terrible. 4.22 would be an ugly ERA, if it were his ERA. Instead, it was his home runs per nine innings. By the end of April, his MLB season was over, and you have to wonder how many more chances he will get. He's only 33 years old, but he hasn't been particularly effective for a while. If he gets a job (and he'll probably at least get a camp invite from someone), it will likely be as a reliever. And if he finds himself throwing MLB innings this year, they probably won't be particularly late in games. Or particularly good. (
The Quick Opinion:
Myers was a disaster last year and is probably done as a starter, after the failed rotation-re-entry in Cleveland. If he pitches in 2014, it will be as a reliever, and not as a reliever who you want on a fantasy roster.
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