Tampa Bay Rays: 2019 Top 15 Pitching Prospects

By Austin Reimann
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#9: Tobias Myers, RHP, 20

Featuring a sharp curveball, this young righty will look to take the next step at Port Charlotte in 2019.

Height/Weight: 6’0″ / 195

Drafted: | Signed: 6th, 2016 (181st) | $225,000

School: High School

Pitch Grades (Via FanGraphs):

FB: 55/60

CB: 55/60

CH: 45/55

FB Velocity: 91-93, T-95

Acquired in the surprising deadline trade that sent Beckham to Baltimore, the Tampa Bay Rays expect Tobias Myers to contribute at a significant level in the future. Baseball America, who ranked Myers as the 15th best Rays prospect in 2018, had this to say about him, “Myers is an excellent athlete with a loose and easy arm action. He understands how to pitch, possesses outstanding control, and has shown the ability to make quick adjustments during his short time in pro ball. “.

Off-speed: His curveball is one of the best in the Rays system. BA said this about Myers entering the 2018 season, ” His plus curveball has a sharp drop, and he mixes it well with his fastball. He displays an impressive feel for his changeup, but needs to develop it more to remain a starter.”

Delivery: Again BA had this to say, “The Rays are working with Myers to find a consistent alignment in his stride with his landing foot. He also needs to control the running game more effectively, which should occur as he gets his mechanics in order.” He needs to work down in the zone more to continue to be successful.

2018 numbers at Bowling Green:

10-6 // 23G/21GS // 119 IP // 3.71 ERA // 101K/41BB // 1.41 WHIP

Thoughts: I am as high on Myers as the Rays are. If he continues steadily improving this trade will turn out to be a steal. Myers could very well join a major league rotation as a #3 or #4 starter. He had a breakout campaign in 2017 and if he makes some minor adjustments, could return to that form in 2019 and catapult himself into the discussion as one of the best prospects in a loaded system.