Tobias Myers may only have two games in the Tampa Bay Rays system, but he has been quite impressive.
Two games is not a lot to go on. And yet, sometimes, in that brief period, a player can make quite the impression. Tobias Myers, who the Tampa Bay Rays acquired for Tim Beckham, is managing to do just that.
In his two outings since coming over to the Rays, Myers has been dominant. Over his first 10.2 innings with the Hudson Valley Renegades, he has allowed just three runs on three hits. As impressive as that hit total is, Myers also has not walked a batter during his time in the Rays organization. Myers has also struck out an incredible 17 batters, nearly half of the 36 batters he has faced.
This continues his impressive work during his time with the Orioles. Overall in 2017, Myers has posted a 3-2 record, along with a 3.57 ERA and a 0.917 WHiP. However, it is his strikeout and walk rates that are truly noteworthy. In his 40.1 innings, Myers has issued just six walks while striking out 52 batters. His 8.67 K/BB rate is truly astounding.
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A former sixth round pick, Myers does not fit the profile for a pitcher who would have those strikeout numbers. His fastball sits in the lower 90s, occasionally touching 95 to 96 MPH. He has a decent curve, but it is not considered a wipeout pitch. Myers also has the beginnings of a changeup, a pitch that he has been experimenting with. Yet, none of those pitches were considered to be plus offerings.
Despite that modest profile, it is hard to argue with the results. He has been able to spot his offerings at will, while overpowering the opposition in the New York-Pennsylvania League. While he is just 18 years old and in the lower levels of A ball, it is difficult not to be impressed by his performance thus far in his career.
Tobias Myers has just two games in the Tampa Bay Rays system, but they have been quite impressive. The newest member of the organization has made himself a player to watch.